Weekend at the Movies

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I spent most of the weekend publishing and promoting The Enchanted Rose and in my spare time unwinding at the movies.

The two movies I saw were fantastic! I watched The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game. Both are based on true stories. Both are based on brilliant men. Both changed history.

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Of the two, I much preferred The Imitation Game. The casting was superb, the plot exciting, and overall I loved it!

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I liked the cast in The Theory of Everything, and thought Eddie Redmayne‘s performance was phenomenal, but the plot was alright. I didn’t get as emotionally distraught as I did watching the trailer.

At the crux of the matter, it came down to what kind of struggle I liked to see. The Imitation Game wasn’t focused on his personal internal struggle, but an external force. Internal struggles are well and good, we all love seeing the triumph of the human spirit, but give me Nazis, Voldemort, Darth Vader and I’m a much happier camper.

(But it didn’t hurt that The Imitation Game had a full cast of eye candy. Hello Matthew Goode & Mark Strong! ;))

The Maze Runner

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Yesterday, I saw The Maze Runner.

Wow.

It.

Was.

Amazing!

The book has been on my To Be Read shelf for ages and I never got around to reading it. And it has been there long enough for me to actually forget why I put it on my To Be Read shelf. I had no recollection of what the plot was about and so I had no spoilers going into the theatre.

This is one of the rare times where I actually saw the movie before reading the book and I am so glad I did. I managed to enjoy every second of the movie without having any idea of what was happening or where the story was going. And I loved it! It was refreshing not to be thinking, “That’s not how it happened in the book” or “Wait, they missed out that detail.” And I’m glad for that. Because as it so happens, I found out later there were moments in the book that didn’t make it on screen (I discuss that further below).

I loved the story, the casting, & the amazing set they had. The creepy sounds from within the maze were bone-chilling. It was non-stop action from the moment the movie started until it ended. And I enjoyed every second of it!

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I was particularly impressed by the diversity of the cast & their acting talent. I’ve been a fan of Thomas Brodie-Sangster, since I first saw him in Love Actually. He doesn’t look like he’s aged a bit, does he?

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I was unfamiliar with the rest of the cast. It was the first time I see Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario on screen. Actually now that I researched Kaya I see that she was the daughter in Moon, another awesome film.

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The first thing I did when I got home was to purchase the sequel to The Maze Runner.

I had to know what happened next & I couldn’t wait until the follow-up movie is released in 2015.

And you know what the first thing that hit me was? The fact that Thomas & Teresa could communicate telepathically. Guess I’ll have to read The Maze Runner later on and see what other details the movie left out, but for now I’m too busy reading The Scorch Trials.

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Update: Finished reading The Scorch Trials in one day and here’s my Goodreads review:

 

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I saw The Maze Runner movie without having read the book (which is incredibly rare for me). I enjoyed it so much that I purchased the sequel as soon as I got home. I read it in one day because I HAD to know what was happening next.

At the start of The Scorch Trials when finding out Thomas & Teresa had telepathic powers I realized that maybe I should have read The Maze Runner first. After all, time and experience has shown me movies never reflect 100% of the story/plot/detail that are in the book. The Scorch Trials had a lot of action & was quite the page-turner but raised even more questions than The Maze Runner. For the first time ever, I think I should have just waited to see the movie.

I feel compelled to read on to book 3 because I still want/need to know what the frak is going on. This whole experience reminds me too much of what I went through with LOST, and the questions/mysteries raised that were not resolved to satisfaction. I want answers that don’t come with a whole different set of questions. I hope I’m not as disappointed with the ending to this series as I was with LOST.

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