- Sherlock, I’m home-
- Hello, John.
- Hello, Watson.
- You’re late, dear Watson.
The Maze Runner opens in my country tomorrow and because I live in Singapore, the reviews of the movie here focus not on Thomas or Teresa but on the Asian character Minho and how he is portrayed to be a “strong, positive character” that is “free of stereotyping”. He “speaks without a ching-chong Asian accent, is not the comical foreigner, sinister force, kickboxer or a prop that adds to exoticism”. The cast is also praised to be feel properly multi-racial and multi-cultural.
And that’s what I feel is so important?? I picked up the entertainment segment of today’s newspaper wholly expecting a report on Dylan and his great acting and a bit about Teen Wolf and all but instead this was a pleasant surprise. I’m so glad the media here recognises as what it is. It doesn’t attempt to liken it to The Hunger Games or any other YA dystopian like I’ve seen other interviewers do, but instead focus on the diversity Wes brings to the screen, and how refreshing it is to see a character that feels real, instead of one that was made up by a writer who knew little about the culture, and who was just trying tick checkboxes on what he thought defined an Asian. I’m sick of media portraying my people to be the bad guy, being the weaker one to the supposedly superior white race or even being the comic relief by speaking broken English.
The book was and still is something very special to me and many others, and I’ll always be grateful that Wes has done such a great job of bringing this gem to life. It truly is one of the joys of being a book fan, seeing the whole process of it, from the announcement of the cast to the filming days to the promotional and press tours and movie reviews, and finally seeing it on the big screen :’)