Hey, hey!! So I went to see the famous The Fault In Our Stars on the 7th and it was AMAZING so here is a review!
You’re in a packed theater. The movie ends, the credits roll, and it’s impossible to hear the closing music over the sound of everyone in the theater sobbing. It is rare for so many to be moved so deeply, but as ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ ended in the theater, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
I am a very devoted fan of the book, and had high expectations for the film. ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ did not disappoint me. The actors were genuine, innovative, and stayed true to their characters. The set was amazingly detailed, with countless little touches that added depth to the movie. The script stuck close to the book, with entire scenes that lined up nearly word-for-word with the text. Some scenes from the book were left out, but the film flowed well with those modifications. A moviegoer who has not read the book would never notice anything missing from the plot.
The story is about two kids with cancer who fall in love and experience death in a bittersweet tangle of events, but the story isn’t really about death. It’s about being alive, and all the pains and joys that accompany life, but with characters who are facing much higher stakes than most of us.
The movie opens with a voiceover done by Shailene Woodley, the actress who plays the terminally ill and incredibly insightful 16-year-old, Hazel Grace Lancaster. The book is written in first person voice, so Woodley’s narration keeps Hazel’s witty and honest anecdotes alive.
Hazel’s story is one not often told. She is a three-year survivor of an incredibly aggressive form of stage IV thyroid cancer, and is living on borrowed time. Her mom decides that Hazel is depressed, and sends her to a support group lead by a guy named Patrick.
As in the book, Hazel meets her future love interest, Augustus Waters, at the support group. Augustus is played by the lovable Ansel Elgort, and the character is in remission from osteosarcoma. He’s big on metaphors and symbolism, and Elgort strikes the perfect balance between pretentious, innocent, and extremely adorable.
The film was beautiful. There were lots of close-up shots that made me feel as if I was standing right there next to the actors. The soundtrack really tied everything together. The vibrant colors and panoramic views gave the movie a very rich feel. Some scenes were actually more potent in the film. For example, the Anne Frank scene is much more powerful in the movie because of the relevant ‘Diary of a Young Girl’ quotes that play in the background as Hazel and Gus struggle up the steep staircases.
Hazel’s parents are excellently portrayed by Laura Dern and Sam Trammell. They have more of a presence in the film than in the book, too, which makes Hazel’s fear of hurting her parents feel more powerful.
I had very high expectations for TFIOS movie, and it more than lived up to them. I’m very grateful to the entire cast and crew for their ability to take such a sensitive book and turn it into an equally wonderful film. I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see love, life, and loss shown in their purest forms. Make sure to bring lots of tissues, and if at all possible, read the book first!