Monday, June 16, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars was absolutely lovely from beginning to end. It also marks the rare occasion where the movie was actually better than the book, even though some fans might disagree - mostly teenagers though (psh, what do they know). Where the book dragged, the movie picked up and moved it right along with effortless ease. I loved that it stayed pretty true to the source material as well.
Both book and film are narrated by Hazel (Shailene Woodley), a 16-year old who totes an oxygen tank, who nearly died at 13, and knows her days are numbered. It's not too long after joining a cancer support group, a group her mother strongly encouraged her to join, that she meets Gus (Ansel Elgort), a tall, dark and handsome boy who has lost a leg to Osteosarcoma, who - you guessed it - she falls for instantly. The two embark on a wild adventure filled with first-time love, devotion and hope.
The two main characters were perfectly cast. While Woddley portrays Hazel flawlessly with her smart and funny yet cold demeanor, it was Elgort who really steals the show and our hearts. His charming humor, positivity, grace and wit will seriously have you eating out of the palm of his hand in no time.
This "one sick love story" is a sharp and emotionally-charged weepie romance for the teenage market, yet it tackles its bleak subject matter with respect, warmth, tenderness and heart.