It is finally here, after a year-long delay due to star Dylan O'Brien's on-set injury. Maze Runner: The Death Cure is now in cinemas worldwide. But is the finale to the young adult fiction franchise worth the wait?
Well yes, it is! When the first film in the series The Maze Runner first hit the cinemas it offered a different version to what was then expected of a YA adaptation.There wasn't a love triangle, and it was more of a mystery-thriller. Sadly though, the tropes started rearing its head by the time the second film came along. The third film still carried it, but it wasn't that pervasive. Sure the romance between Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) and Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) plays an important part but in reality, it takes a backseat to the intense bromance between the boys. There is also no rivalry between Teresa and Brenda (Rosa Salazar), which is a major plus.
Another strength of the film is that it is non-stop entertainment. Despite clocking in at an impressive 2 hours and 23 minutes there isn't a single scene that is dragging, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Not to say that there are no quiet dramatic scenes because there are plenty of those; Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster who plays Newt, in particular, were able to deliver some amazing tear-jerking performances amidst all the explosions.
O'Brien is also shaping up to be quite the action star. It may be down to his training for another film American Assassin because he seems to be more competent in handling his gun than his co-stars. It adds to the realism of the scene when you actually see a guy who can properly handle his weapon. I grew up with guns, my family shoots, and no, I don't consider myself a good shot. However, if you've ever shot a gun and seen others do it plenty of times you'd know if someone knows what they are doing. It may not matter to a general audience, but it can make a film laughable if you don't deliver on-screen.
I also have to applaud the villains, Janson played by Aiden Gillen is as menacing as his other character Littlefinger in Game of Thrones. Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson) was a surprising delight when she showed her vulnerability and that she actually does have a point. The most interesting story arc, however, belongs to Teresa who wavers between her apparent treachery to being an anti-hero. Just like Ava. we do concede that she only did what she thought was right, and it did achieve something. Scodelario is amazing in bringing the conflict to her character's eyes, without even saying a word.
The film also offers a lot of twist and turns, including the return of what we thought was a long-dead character. The problem is, as entertaining as some of the action sequences are, they can come off as silly when you think about it, but it is still a step up from other YA fiction. For the most part, they can pull it off and that you are so enthralled that you don't care.
Overall it is a top-tier movie in the genre. You don't have to take it too seriously, just sit back and let it take you for a ride.