The Fault in Our Stars Movie Review
I read the book by John Green around three years ago, and I totally fell in love with the characters. Today, I am proud to say that I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a romantic tragedy with loads of humor. Our main character: the undisputable and stubborn Hazel Grace, who’s lung cancer forces her to carry around an oxigen BiPaP, meets the philosophical and full of life Augustus Waters at the beginning of the story. Gus has been cancer free for a few years already, and leads a much more active lifestyle than Hazel as a result. Throughout the book, we are compelled with the deep thoughts that they exchange, and the genuine and haunting worldview that they have. Being both cancer kids, their perspectives and outlooks in life are considerably different than ours. However, through all the obstacles, it is their love and friendship that makes thier everyday special.
I have to admit that I had been looking forward to seeing this movie for a while now, and found that it did make justice to such wonderful novel. Shailene Woodley managed to be the living picture of Hazel Grace. This is exactly how I imagined her throughout the novel. Similarly, in spite of the fact that the Augustus Waters I envisioned had a different essence than that Ansel Elgort brings to life, the actor did portray the complexness of the character. At the beginning, I was afraid the movie was painting Gus as a perfect person. How he allows Isaac to break his trophies (he does too in the book though), how he repeats a quote from An Imperial Affliction over and over again in order to please Hazel, and more. However, as the film continues, we get used to this Augustus Waters, and we start seeing his flaws. All the main ideas or thoughts of the book: the sizes of different infinities, the cigarettes metaphor, the concept of cancer perks, the skeleton park (kids play in a park that have the shape of a skeleton with the message that life goes on after death occurs), Hazel being recognized as a fighter because she described a 10 level pain as a 9, and many other, do appear in the movie as well, and allows the film to preserve the book’s magic. The adaption follows the book very closely, and there is very little (if anything) that diverges form it. As a side note, I have always liked the song ‘wait’ by M83. It is my favorite song from this band, and I’m sure you can guess my reaction when they played it at the end of the movie. If you are going to talk about infinities, there are few choices as good as this one.
One of my favorite things about Hazel Grace’s character is her attitude. She is the girl who can’t be fooled, and sees through people’s efforts to be nice because of cancer pitty. Contrary to Augustus Waters, who fears oblivion, she knows her life will end before she has the chance to make any remarkable changes in the world, and that only the few people who matter to her will keep her in their heart. As Gus explains at the end of the story, Hazel gave being loved deeply a priority over being loved widely, and that made all the difference.
Overall, The Fault In Our Stars is not a party movie. Don’t go see it with friends if you are expecting to get a good laugh because tears are considerably more likely to come. Nevertheless, the film is a most see, and I give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
P.S. I just wanted to comment on how much I appreciated Isaac in this movie. I had forgotten all of the funny quotes he had in the book.