That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt – Augustus Waters
Josh Boone’s The Fault In Our Stars is about Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) a cancer patient who falls in love with a cancer survivor Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort). But, Hazel knows that death can befall upon her any second, and therefore she starts isolating herself from Augustus because she knows that if they get any more closer, her death will break him. But Gus wants to relish all the limited time that they have together and the conflicting love interest and their love for the the book ‘An Imperial Affliction’ forms the rest of the plot.
The acting in this movie is superb. Shailene Woodley woos us with her controlled performance. If anyone asks me about about the Meryl Streep and Katharine Hepburn of this century, the answer would undoubtedly be Shailene Woodley and Ellen Page. Such a controlled performance by Woodley ! She doesn’t get over the top or melodramatic in any scene. She is the highlight of this flick. Ansel Elgort is charismatic and that is what was needed for this character. Nat Wolff is brilliant in his role as well.
I am a big fan of the book. And I went to watch the movie and loved it. I instantly added The Fault in our Stars in my favourite movies list. And then I read the book again and I surprisingly enjoyed it. So, I thought it would be awesome to see my characters in living bodies again and it was just a plain boring experience. The romance between Gus and Hazel just seems so rushed. The screenplay is brilliant and witty. The dialogues of this flick are awesome but the fact that nothing is original, that everything is just ripped off from the book is depressing. This movie is unlike any other cancer movies made. It doesn’t show the acceptance period at all, which is a welcome move because it is super cliched.
The cinematography is beautiful and the movie has good direction. Not great, but satisfactory. The movie is very emotional actually and like I said, it is a first time experience. The movie is one of the best romantic novel-to-film adaptations ever made. The movie gives you a big shock at the turn of the plot and makes you weep at the climax. But if you see it a second time, you are gonna think ‘why did it seem so engrossing and emotional the first time I saw it ? ‘ I think maybe because it broke away from all the shitty cliches and Woodley’s performance.
The Fault In Our Stars is a very good adaptation of the book and has stellar performances from its leads. The movie successfully breaks from the shackles of many cliches and gives the right amount of cheesiness for the girls to croon but is definitely not for a second viewing. If you are dying for anything second, read that awesome book.
Rating : 7.9 / 10
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