As a unashamedly black man, it is a breath of fresh air to see people of various races not in stereotypical roles. That’s why I like “The Maze Runner.”
Even though I have yet to hear someone mention this, but this is the first time I have seen in a big Hollywood blockbuster that the Asian character is not a Kung Fu master, a timid and asexual computer/science geek, or the sex deprived sidekick.
This is also one of those rare instances that the black characters are not leftover blackface caricatures or the neo-blackface caricatures (like the angry black man/woman).
To me, all the characters in this movie seem to make everyone equal, but one may argue this is in a fantasy world and does not do justice to reality.
I plan to have a deeper analysis after reading the book (which I am hesitant to do because I think watching the movie first may spoil creating the characters in my head) and reading more on the author of the Maze Runner and the creators of the film.
Overall, it’s a good movie, and possibly good for a discussion on race and gender (yes, I purposely did not mention gender until now, so please watch the movie then ask me why).