The Fault in Our Stars: Movie Review
"The Fault in Our Stars" excels well in its main purpose - which is to make every man, woman and probably child cry. The film is littered with heartfelt moments that will tug even the coldest and stoniest of hearts. But this is also where "The Fault in Our Stars" slightly missteps. A film that touts to be a realistic look into young people's struggle with a terminal disease while intermixed with, at times, scenes of fantastical intimacy create confusion. Yeah, there's a little bit of irony in there definitely.
Two extraordinary teenagers fatefully meet and takes their love on an unforgettable and exhilarating journey into infinity. Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is sixteen years old. She alternately loves and tolerates her sometimes over-doting parents. Hazel has developed a crush on a young man, Gus Waters (Ansel Elgort), who seems equally attracted to her. As they grow closer, Hazel and Gus share their fears that accompany having cancer at a young age, as well as their love of books, including Hazel’s favorite, An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (Willem Dafoe). She has tried many times to get in touch with the book’s reclusive author to no avail. When Gus manages to reach Van Houten through his assistant, it results, astonishingly, in an invitation to meet the writer face-to-face in Amsterdam. Gus is determined to take Hazel on a journey that will answer every question she has ever had about the book that has meant so much to her.
There are a lot of things to love in "The Fault in Our Stars". Notably, the script is just in another league. Simply put, it was magical. It was the perfect balance of intimate, innocent love mixed with some humor from time to time. the script also helps in the interplay between the two leads, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. Shailene in particular stood out with a performance that needed a gamut of emotions. She was also effective as the film's narrator. But we really loved the distinct differences of their characters' outlook and yet finding a way to make it all work in the end. "The Fault in Our Stars" does falter a bit. We felt that it had dull moments from time to time and it seems the too magical aspects of it tugged less in our hearts.
Rating: 3 reels
Why you should watch it:
- Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort had great chemistry
- the script was simply magical
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- gets dulls from time to timw
- some elements gets lost in translation
Labels Ansel Elgort, drama, John Green, Laura Dern, movie review, Nat Wolff, novel, romance, Sam Trammell, Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars, Willem Dafoe