Maze Runner: The Death Cure Review

The Maze Runner franchise had a solid first two entries in the franchise. I really enjoyed the first one, the second was less memorable but was still solid, but I did have to recap the film before going into this third film as I haven’t seen it since I saw in the cinema.

The Death Cure picks up with Thomas leading his group on a mission to rescue their friends from WCKD. They must travel into the last city left on Earth, as they must face the biggest maze of problems of yet, as WCKD continue to look for a cure to the virus killing humanity.

I would say this installment is about as good as the other two entries. I certainly wasn’t blown away, but it probably is the best film of the 2018 so far (taking out all the award films).

Dylan O’Brien continues to be great in this franchise that is his and really put his name out there. Before Tom Holland was cast, I really wanted O’Brien to be Spider-man and I stand by that he would have been good but he has this Maze Runner franchise which has really kicked off his acting career proving he does have talent and has a big future ahead of him. It can only be a matter of time before he joins one of the other big franchises.

I am also a fan of Kaya Scodelario. She was incredible in Skins, showing that he does have talent but since then has struggled. After not really impressing in Pirates 5 and in this franchise, perhaps she should go back to working on TV for a while. It’s not that she is even that bad in the films but she really struggles to have chemistry with Dylan O’Brien (and Brenton Thwaites in Pirates), and that really holds the film back when you get scenes between the two.

The story itself is obviously adapted from the third Maze Runner book, but I don’t think it’s as strong when you compare it to other final parts of young adult film franchises. At times it didn’t feel like a true final part and more like a the first part of a final act. Despite the over two-hour run time, it feels like a lot is squished in, even when the final is constantly going and doesn’t take a chance to breathe. I feel like there is too much for one part, but also not enough for 2 parts so it is really difficult. I guess I’m just going to have to read the book.

Overall, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a solid film that wraps up a solid franchise, and can definitely be considered as entertaining as other young adult franchises, and at least it managed to get a final film, unlike the Divergent franchise.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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