Sound Off! Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Welcome back to Sound Off!, a semi-regular column where members of Speculative Chic gather together to chat about the latest BIG THING in entertainment. This time, stop running and discuss Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which premiered in the United States on Friday, January 26, 2018.

Sound Off! is meant to be a reaction, but not necessarily a review. After all, while we are all individuals, even mutual love of something (or hate) can come from different places: you may find everything from critique to fangirling to maybe even hate-watching.

Now, join Merrin as she talks about Maze Runner: The Death Cure. [Note: Merrin redacted her own spoilers for you, so read on!]

Merrin: Instead of flailing, you will find me curled up under a desk with a bottle of wine, crying this time, friends. Look, here’s a gif.

All good things must come to an end, and even though I still have so many questions about what happens next, it seems the end has come for Thomas and friends. And what an end.

I liked it? That’s not a question. I liked it, I’m just still finding my emotions really confusing. I spent a lot of time literally writhing around in my seat, grabbing my arm rests, like just not even able to sit still. It’s a good thing my theater was mostly empty because I literally could not contain myself. I avoided all spoilers, I have never read past the first book (this is one of those rare times when I really didn’t care for the book but love the movie) and had no clue what was going to happen.

So when [spoilers redacted] happens, I was not emotionally prepared. I’m still not emotionally prepared, and (at the time of writing this) I’ve been home for like two hours. The letter at the end was just icing on that sadness cake and oh, there I am. I’m crying again.

I’m glad that despite the scheduling issues with Dylan O’Brien’s horrific accident that everyone was able to come back for the (rescheduled) final installment, because this cast is so great and their chemistry is bonkers (in a good way). Although Dylan O’Brien seems to have that effect wherever he goes. I will literally watch anything he’s in, except for seasons 3.5 to 6 of Teen Wolf. I just can’t.

But speaking of dudes that are cute as little buttons, Thomas Brodie-Sangster has the cutest, sweetest little face, and I don’t understand how anyone could ever be mean to it. But he also sells the times he has to act like a badass pretty well, which is impressive.

And I keep coming back to these moments, but I really love the friendship/father-daughter relationship between Giancarlo Esposito as Jorge and Rosa Salazar as Brenda. Their bond is beautiful and the actors were clearly so sold on it, and I just really love all of their scenes together.

So yes. If you’ve seen the first two, I don’t even need to tell you to watch this one because you’ve probably already done it. And if you haven’t seen the first two, I’ll sit here and wait until you do.


  • Shara White January 30, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    I’ve heard offhandedly that this is actually a pretty good movie trilogy. Maybe I’ll check it out one day!

    • Merrin February 1, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      I recommend the movies WAY more than the books. They’re actually good? I don’t even know. I went in just for Dylan O’Brien and was very pleasantly surprised.


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