Last night I saw the movie The Fault In Our Stars based on John Green's YA novel of the same name. I laughed, I cried and I enjoyed every moment of it. This post has spoilers, which are marked, so if you haven't read the book or seen the movie, BEWARE. If you want to spoil yourself, go ahead, I'm totally not judging you right now.
Okay, so before the movie I got the following things, the bottom three were called "The Kit". Why? Because if you want to get through this movie, you need them or at least, the last one.
The movie starts with the screen turning black and stars appearing. At that point, I was tearing up. Yeah, the crying had already started.
The movie was so beautiful and it hit every point I wanted it to hit. It was almost as if someone had found a way to project my imagination onto the screen. The movie wasn't perfect, of course, but the only way it could have been perfect was if it was a word for word adaptation of the movie and that would have had to go for hours. I'll talk about the movie more below but I can say this: fans of the book will not be disappointed. The characters, the people that you love (and hate) are all there. They were wonderfully acted by their respective actors. You will love them almost as much as you love their book counterparts. You will want to see this movie. Trust me.
BEWARE: HERE THERE BE SPOILERS
Okay, in case you didn't get the message there are spoilers from this point until a little bit below. If you haven't read the book and/or seen the movie then continue reading at your own peril.
You know before, how I was talking about tissues and whatnot? I cried. It wasn't the kind of crying where you're drowning in your tears. It was just slow, sad tears. Like you've probably guessed already, I cried at the death parts. As soon as Gus told Hazel he was going to die: I cried. I don't know if I expected another ending, that their little infinity would last a bit longer, but no. I think this is where Ansel Elgort (who plays Augustus Waters) really shone. His performance, right up to his death, was so moving that almost every time he was on screen I was tearing up and/or crying. Up until that point Shailene Woodley (who plays Hazel Grace) was the stand out. She was able to capture the complexity, the strengths and weaknesses, of Hazel. But, Ansel was really able to show Gus's despair and his decline into the grave. My favourite part was where Gus calls Hazel from the gas station. She rushes to him and he's in his car, vomiting and crying. It was heart wrenching and Ansel played his part perfectly.
The other stand out performances were Nat Wolff (who plays Issac). Every time he came on screen he was a delight to watch. Well, except when he was groping his girlfriends boob. He's definitely one to watch. The other was Willem Defoe (who plays Peter Van Houten). By the end of the movie I sort of admired and hated him at the same time. Which is a really odd feeling. He makes you feel sorry for him, but not too sorry that you can't hate him.
The stand-out part of the movie, for me, at least, was when Hazel was in the Anne Frank house. I loved how they used climbing the stairs and the voice over of parts of Anne Frank's diary to put across these things: don't give up, horrible things happen to good people, and let others help you. It was wonderfully done and definitely something that I'll enjoy seeing again.
My favourite book lines that were in movie were:
"I feel in love with him the way you fall asleep: slowly and then all at once."
"The world is not a wish granting factory."
"Some infinities are bigger than other infinites."
"That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt."
"I'm not going to be a mom anymore!"
"We've bottled all of the stars for you tonight, my young friends."
I mean, yes, sometimes I felt that they were squeezed into the movie but as a fan of the book, I am grateful that they're there.
Spoilers End Here
So, overall, The Fault In Our Stars is one of the best YA adaptations out there. At points it's slightly corny, but it makes up for that by being thoughtful and thought provoking.
Rating: 9/10 Stars
Anjulie Te Pohe
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