Published On: Mon, Jun 9th, 2014

‘The Fault in our Stars’ Movie Review: A faithful adaptation, make you laugh and cry

Personally, I was counting down the days to see this movie, The Fault In Our Stars.

The-Fault-in-our-stars shailene Woodley photoHaving read this #1 best seller and loved it; I was excited to hear it was being turned into a movie. I had hoped the movie would be a faithful adaptation because the author himself (John Green) said he was happy with the movie. So naturally, if the author himself likes the movie, I should too.

The Fault in Our Stars is in Hazel’s point of view. She, played by Divergent star Shailene Woodley, is a 16 year old cancer patient with thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. Her parents believe she is depressed as a side effect from her cancer and think that support group will help her. Hazel says it best when she puts it like this, “depression isn’t a side effect of cancer; it’s a side effect of dying.” At support group is where Hazel meets Augustus Waters, and their witty love story begins.

Augustus, played by Ansel Elgort, had osteosarcoma, but he is now cancer-free after having his leg amputated. Augustus Waters is a big believer in metaphor; he is constantly symbolizing the situations at hand. One of the metaphors he is best known for is the one involving the cigarette. He puts the cigarette in his mouth but he never lights it because it symbolizes putting the killing thing right between your teeth but never giving it the power to kill you.

This story is best described as a love story between cancer patients, but has nothing to do with cancer. It’s about their outlook on life, and how even though they have a million reasons to be depressed and mad at the world, they still find ways to find the good in the world with their witty humor.

Once Hazel meets Augustus, she is instantly intrigued by him and their love blossoms from there. We get to see their relationship unfold on screen through all their hardships and obstacles. And there is a twist ending that comes that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Readers of the book know this twist ending already, but seeing it on screen still brings on the tears. This movie will make you laugh, cry and give you a better outlook on life and to appreciate it more.

The film was a faithful adaptation. There were a few scenes cut out, but the movie still gave the same effect as the book did. I agree with John Green and I’m completely satisfied with this adaptation.

This book and movie have impacted my life a lot and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it. I would recommend it to any teen or adult. This story is worth being told.

Overall The Fault in our Stars receives 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Directed by Josh Boone, the film also stars Laura Dern, Nat Wolff, Sam Trammell, Willem DaFoe and Lotte Verbeek.

The Fault in Our Stars movie poster


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  1. Adaline Brashier says:

    I have really like it – Good Review for the movie.

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