Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about this movie because I absolutely loved it, though I do acknowledge it had some issues. There are a lot of things that I would love to talk about, so let’s go ahead and jump right in!
The Darkest Minds, if you aren’t aware, is based on one of my all-time favorite YA dystopian series, so this was literally my most anticipated movie of the entire year. I loved it in the moment and I do still love the movie, but I actually have found that I have issues with it, so I just want to talk about all of my thoughts.
I definitely want to mention what I like about it. I love Chubs. He was literally the saving grace for the entire movie. He is just so funny and so undeniably him. He is the book character come to life and that makes me so damn happy. He was one of my favorite characters in the series and it’s nice to see that he was also my favorite character in the movie.
I also just really loved the casting in the movie in general. I think they did really well with that, so all of my issues have nothing to do with the casting and it has a lot to do with the writing and the CGI and the choices with the special effects they used. Because all of this could have been fixed, but sadly it wasn’t.
The entire movie came off as very rushed and very teenagery or what adults perceive teenagers are into and can understand. That’s just insulting to the teenage generation in general, honestly. With that, one thing I had real issues with was the music. There was this random scene where this stupid pop music just surges up out of nowhere and I instantly was taken out of the story and out of the movie and it just instantly took me out of my enjoyment of the movie as a whole.
I also had a lot of issues with the writing because some of the lines were just cheesy and cringy at times. That has nothing to do with the cast. They did their best with the material that they had, but it just wasn’t enough. Sometimes it was bringing me back to the days of The Mortal Instruments movie, and that is not a good thing.
I also had issues with the fact that their eyes glowed with their color whenever they used their powers and that was both annoying and infuriating. First of all, it makes absolutely no sense with what we know about the colors. The government assigned the colors in order to segregate the kids according to their level of power. It makes absolutely no sense that their eye color would correspond to that.
What I found absolutely infuriating about that was the only reason they would have made that decision to do that is if they didn’t think the teen audience would be able to understand when they were using their fucking powers if their eyes weren’t glowing. Like no. Bippity boppity back the Fuck up. Give us some credit. We are not dumbasses who can’t follow a storyline.
I also just felt like they didn’t develop the relationship between the characters enough for it to be believable. I was not emotionally attached to the romance between Ruby and Liam in the movie like I was in the book. It just was rushed with little to no alone time between the two of them which does not develop their relationship at all. I just didn’t feel the chemistry between the two of them with what we were shown, and that was incredibly disappointing.
I felt like they cut so much out, too much. And trust me, I get that they needed to cut some of the book out. That’s just the nature of adaptations, but there were some really important scenes in the book that were impactful and showed the complexity of the characters that just were cut out in the film and that definitely impacted the development of the characters.
For example, when the kids first meet the Slip Kid and get to East River, in the book, there is this really creepy scene between Ruby and the Slip Kid in which he is basically telling her the story of her life and it brings back so many horrible memories and her PTSD kicks in. That entire creepy exchange was cut out of the film and that impacted the development of Ruby and of how the Slip Kid is perceived and has developed. That was such an important scene and it just frustrates me that they cut it out of the film.
They also cut out this kind of important bit about Zu, which is that she left the camp with her cousin and some friends to find her parents. That wasn’t even mentioned at all in the film. It’s just little things like that in the book that have an impact on the story and to leave them out is to damage the impact the story as a whole can have on its viewers.
Overall, while I did still really enjoy the film, there were a lot of little things that bothered me and sort of took me out of the story that I didn’t really appreciate. However, with that said, I definitely think you should still support this movie and go see it for yourself!
What is your favorite YA book to movie or book to tv adaptation? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this movie review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you next time!