The Fault in Our Stars | Movie Review

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Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

I’ve seen The Fault in Our Stars twice now, so I think I may be able to form my thoughts into coherent sentences. It was definitely worth seeing twice, just so I could watch it once and fully immerse myself in the life of Hazel and Augustus, and then watch it a second time and notice the finer details.

Where do I start? I should probably first mention that I completely adored the film and would highly recommend it. It’s incredibly accurate when compared to the book, and I love the choices made to portray not just the cancer side of the characters, but their age. Whilst Hazel and Augustus are two extremely mature characters, they are also still teenagers and I loved how precisely this aspect was portrayed.

Shailene Woodley is Hazel Grace Lancaster. I don’t think there could have been a better person for the role, and Woodley was just how I imagined Hazel in my head.

Ansel Elgort also managed to portray Augustus’ pretentiousness perfectly which added hilarity and also familiarity because Elgort’s Augustus was very similar to John Green’s and also the Augustus in my head.

The best performances by far were by Laura Dern and Sam Trammell who played Hazel’s parents. Dern in particular showed such raw emotion that I couldn’t help but tear up. The Fault in Our Stars, to me, felt like it was mostly about the relationships and Hazel’s with her parents was very important and central to the plot – in both the book and the film.

Now for the moment of truth: Did I cry? I did the first time (loads and loads!) but not the second time. I think the second time I was concentrating more on the little things that happened rather than the overall plot.

It’s strange seeing a book you love so much brought to life, but I’m happy to be able to say that The Fault in Our Stars lived up to all of my expectations. I couldn’t have wished for a better adaptation!

Whether you’ve read the book or not (although I definitely advise reading the book!), I think it’s impossible not to find something to love about The Fault in Our Stars and I’m pleased to see so many people talking about it!

 

Have you seen the film, or are you planning on doing so? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.

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    Jessica @ Strung Out On Books

    16 July, 2014

    I’m so glad to hear you loved the movie, too! I haven’t had the chance to see it yet, and I probably won’t get to see until it comes out on DVD because money is a bit tight, but that’s not necessarily bad because at least I’ll be able to cry in private! 😀 However, I was really worried it would be a disappointment, even slightly. But so far I’ve only seen raving reviews! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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    Rachel

    16 July, 2014

    I felt the movie was SO true to the book and that Shailene Woodley was definitely made for this role. She was the perfect Hazel.

    While it’s not the usual adventure/fantasy movie I love, I really enjoyed it! I also rather enjoyed scenes with Isaac in them and I thought some of them were rather funny.

    I did cry… a little. ;P
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    Haley

    17 July, 2014

    The first thing I said when I walked out of the theater (well, after apologizing to my roommate, who didn’t know what she was walking to and bawled) was, “It WAS the book.” I thought it was a great adaptation with a great soundtrack!
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    Maya

    17 July, 2014

    Oh, I CANNOT WAIT to see The Fault in Our Stars! I mean, just watching the TRAILER made me start sobbing so I know the actual film is going to destroy me. However, as I live in the Middle of Nowhere (aka rural Wales), it isn’t out in the local cinema yet so until it is, I’ll just have to be content with reading the reviews… ;D
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    Anya

    18 July, 2014

    I LOVED it! I actually didn’t cry, but was very close to, especially at the pre-funeral. And I adored Hazel’s parents, they were both great.

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    Catherine

    21 July, 2014

    I totally agree that it was a brilliant adaptation – it was so true to the book! The cast really was amazing. I’m the same as you – I cried loads the first time I watched it, and then not at all the second time!
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    Rita @ Weaving Pages

    22 July, 2014

    Great review!!! I completely agree with you- it’s an incredibly accurate film and I LOVED IT SO MUCH THAT I WAS A WRECK BY THE END. I really can’t get over how much I love the book and the film…
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    bunmi

    12 August, 2014

    Glad i read your blog as i’ve wanted to watch the movie but i think i’ll wait for it to come out on DVD. in the meantime i’ll read the book.

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