THE DARKEST MINDS BY ALEXANDRA BRACKEN | MOVIE REVIEW

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I’ve been anticipating this movie. I read the series earlier this year in preparation, and I had the highest expectations for the film. Today I’m going to be sharing my thoughts! Let’s get right to it.

The Darkest Minds stars Amanda Stenberg as Ruby, Harris Dickinson as Liam, Skylan Brooks as Chubs or Charles, Miya Cech as Zu or Suzume, and Patrick Gibson as Clancy. It is rated PG-13. It is based on the bestselling novel by Alexandra Bracken.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

I really liked the movie! There were a few scenes I had forgotten about, and it was nice to be able to see some scenes. The movie was not what I had visualized in my head, and while some scenes were better some weren’t that great.

There were a lot of scenes that were cut, and while I understand that not everything could make it into the movie, it felt disconnected. Some things, like the situation with the Red’s and why Zu doesn’t talk, were not explained properly. It also felt as if the movie went by really quickly. Only a few scenes made it, and those scenes were expanded upon. It also felt like Ruby’s personality was dimmed down, and we only got to see the real her at the end of the movie.

The actors did a great job portraying the characters. Liam’s personality shone through, as did Chubs. It felt like a let down that Ruby’s didn’t. Even Clancy’s defeat felt easy.

This is my Goodreads review for the last book, in which I talk about how much I love her.

My favorite part is how flawed Ruby is (maybe more flawed than other YA characters) I was impressed by her fierce determination to do the right thing. She had so many bad experiences, yet she wanted to make America a better place, if not for her than for other people. She cared about others more than herself, and that was really visible throughout the story. 

Overall, I enjoyed the film. If I’m being honest, it’s not as good as other book-to-movie adaptations like The Hunger Games and Divergent, but it had a lot of potential. I’d definitely watch the next two if they made it, and so would my younger sister. She really enjoyed the film as well. I’d recommend reading the book and then watching the movie because the book has so much more content, and the characters are developed way more in the book.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post! Please leave a comment so I can show my appreciation! Hope you have/had a good day!

Add it to your Goodreads TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10576365-the-darkest-minds

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