“The Fault in our Stars” was released yesterday across America and left the majority of its watchers with empty tissue boxes and snot on their sleeves. And this is a good thing. I am not going to write a review on this movie… however I am going to leave you with some “Thoughts”.
I have been waiting for this movie since I read the book a year and 1/2 ago. I will admit. I had some doubt when it came to casting. Specifically of Ansel Elgort as the charismatic “Augustus Waters” simply because we have not seen very much of him yet and this was a HUGE character to pull off. I am pleased to tell you that Ansel captured Gus’ spirit very very well.
If you aren’t familiar with the story of “The Fault in our Stars” it is based on of John Green’s novel, about 2 teenagers that have terminal cancer and meet in a support group. Sounds depressing right? That’s the thing though… It’s not. Approximately 300 of every 100000 Americans develop cancer, so it’s pretty safe to say that almost every one you come in contact with has been personally affected by the effects of cancer. I have. My father in law passed away a few years ago after a battle with Brain Cancer. A good friend of ours also passed away from the same Brain Cancer 2 years ago. Which is exactly why this book needed to be written and made into a movie. For those of us that have dealt with cancer personally AND for those who haven’t.
The thing that I love about this story is that the ultimate goal is sharing that you don’t have to live a long life for it to be a meaningful one. Which is so so true and so touching. The look into Hazel Grace and Augustus’ battle with Cancer is REAL. The feeling throughout this book and the movie is that it is genuine. I think that this story will do so well because of the fact I stated above in that SO many people CAN relate to this!
I don’t feel like I need to get into the specifics of the story line in this “review” because it’s mostly just my thoughts on the movie. I absolutely loved it. It was funny. Oh so funny. (Are you familiar with Swedish Rap?) It brought the best parts of the book to life. I’ve heard a lot of criticism about the Anne Frank house scenes. I understand where some people are coming from, but I had goosebumps through most of it. I actually didn’t cry as much as I expected to but I lost it when they were on the bench in Amsterdam. I loved Gus’ driving. I loved Patrick and his “Ball Cancer” and songs in the “Literal Heart of Jesus”. I loved funky bones, and “Always, Always”. I loved egging Monica’s car. I loved that they “Bottled the Stars” just for them in Amsterdam. I hated the gas station scene. Not because it was bad but because it was real and heartbreaking and hard to watch. I loved that Hazel and Gus were “A hot mess”. I loved the “fake funeral.” Above all, this IS a love story. It is heartbreaking and wonderful all at the same time.
There were so many great performances in this movie. Shailene Woodley just killed it. She nailed Hazel Grace’s inner thoughts with just an expression in some scenes. Ansel Elgort, well, He stole the show as Augustus Waters. The emotion he brought to his scenes just left me in awe. Nat Wolff as Isaac was brilliant. I would have loved to see the “video game” scene towards the end of the book with Hazel come to life but that’s just for selfish purposes. Williem DaFoe as the odd Peter Van Houten was creepily fantastic. He has just enough weird to pull off that odd character.
Grief and Death is hard. There is no way around it. But how you have a choice in how you choose to handle it. This movie (and book) let us know that it’s okay to FEEL. Whether that feeling is anger, depression, elation, love, fondness, regret, loss. All of it. It’s Okay. Because that’s the thing about Pain, It demands to be felt. And that’s what I love about “The Fault in Our Stars” Okay? Okay.