It’s time for a quick book vs. movie post on the final part of the Maze Runner series. So let’s talk about The Death Cure…
As there are quite a view differences in the book and movie version respectively, I’ll keep it a bit general. Thomas and the other survivors prepare for their final battle to take down WCKD. Will they succeed? What about the cure? And which part will Theresa play in all this?
Book vs. Movie:
First things first, so let’s begin with the novel. The Scorch Trials had been a rather huge letdown, so by the time I picked up The Death Cure I just wanted to get it over with.
Author James Dashner has a few rather interesting ideas that could be seen as hint about how we live our lives and how we treat the world. However, the way he carries the ideas out it just doesn’t work. Most of the impact his thoughts could have had are lost in a weak presentation and at times it seemed like even he didn’t know what to make of it. It felt like even Dashner just wanted it to be over and didn’t have much of a clue how to come up with an interesting storyline that makes sense.
Just like the food for food moments, the novel also fails to convey the heartbreaker moments properly. Some scenes could be touching but ultimately you never get pulled in enough to care about any of it.
Moreover, most of the plot twist weren’t to surprising and the ultimate twist concerning the ending was outright annoying and uninspired.
Moving on to the film, I have some more positive feelings here.
Big portions of the story were altered for the film and I’m glad about it. First of all I liked that most of that annoying love-triangle thing fell flat. Furthermore, we get some good action scenes and the pace feels faster than in the novel. The atmosphere also feels darker than in the book and I definitely enjoyed the movie end more. However, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies either. The film was far to long especially when you thing about the rather limited amount of plot that is going on. That could have been done in a much shorter way – the whole thing is more than two hours long!
While I appreciated some of the changes in the story, other simply don’t make any sense.
Ultimately I have to confess that I didn’t enjoy either version of this story too much. The book annoyed me and the film is just another teen action flick without too much depth.
Unless you are a big fan of the franchise and loved the first two installments, skip The Death Cure altogether. There’s nothing interesting to find neither in the book nor in the movie.
Did you read the book? Watch the movie? Let me know in the comments what you think!