Oh. My. God. I read this series two or three years ago and immediately had to own it. This was one of those books that even though I loved the main character, I adored the side characters even more. This is one thing that scares me when I go in to watch a movie adaptation of a book like this, that being that they’re going to screw up my beloved side characters. I can happily say that the opposite happened here: they blew me away.
Going into this movie I already knew that one of my favorite younger actors was going to play Newt. Thomas Brodie-Sangster is one of my favorite British actors; having been in Love Actually, Game of Thrones, and freaking Doctor Who! What I didn’t know was that the boy who played Eustace in The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader had grown up into kinda of a badass and was playing Gally. Both were absolutely fantastic and can I please keep Newt? Or his actor? That’d be fine to. I also really enjoyed the performances of Aml who plays Alby, and Ki Hong Lee who plays my favorite character Minho.
As for accuracy of the plot, well it’s been 3 or so years since I’ve read the book. Still, I’d say that the movie was a pretty faithful adaptation, especially to the spirit of the story. The Glade and the Maze were mostly how I pictured them, though the Maze was a lot creepier in the film.
Speaking of creepy: Holy Grievers, Batman! They are much creepier than I imagined when I was reading the book! And I love it. They were pretty cool and threatening, exactly as they should be. Can I have one of those things as a guard dog? As long as it doesn’t try to eat me.
I can’t wait to see what they do with The Scorch Trials but if it’s anything like this then I’ll probably love it.
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