Monday, 23 June 2014

'The Fault in Our Stars' Film Review

TFIOS Review

So today I finally got round to seeing 'The Fault in Our Stars' movie with my best friends. I know this is primarily a book blog, but I figured this counts as it's a book to movie adaptation (and one of the best I've ever seen, but I'll get to that later). I couldn't go on the day it was released as I was on holiday, which I was disappointed about, but it was definitely worth the wait. I read the book by John Green last year, and it very quickly became one of my absolute favourite books. When I found out it was being made into a film, I was thrilled, but when I found out that Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort were cast as Hazel and Gus, I was beyond ecstatic. They certainly looked the part, and after seeing them both in Divergent, I was completely convinced that they were the people for the parts. I was not disappointed. They portrayed the characters very faithfully and bought them to live beautifully. The film as a whole was very faithful to the book which I was delighted about.

Non-spoilery summary

One of my favourite things about this story is that - whilst cancer is obviously a big theme - the main focus is the love story between Hazel and Gus. What the characters are facing is not sugar-coated. It is from the point of a teenage girl that was diagnosed with cancer at an early age, and has come to terms with her future in a way - as she puts it in her first encounter with Gus , 'Oblivion is inevitable'. I didn't let my expectations get too high before I saw the film, as so many book to movie adaptations change parts of the story so much, but I was very satisfied with 'The Fault in Our Stars'. The writers included all the fan favourite scenes and quotes, and the director (Josh Boone) also did an excellent job at portraying the beautiful story. If you've haven't read the book or seen the film yet, I would most certainly recommend that you do as soon as possible. I'd also recommend that you take a packet of tissues, as you will almost certainly shed a fair few tears.

Spoilery analysis

Now I can get into what actually happened. I cried more times than I can remember in this film (even more than I did in the book, which is hard to believe), as it was so heart-breakingly beautiful. The acting in every emotional scene was truly breath-taking, and I was completely convinced. One of the scenes I think I cried at the most was the scene at the gas station when Gus was cried and being sick. The look on Gus/Ansel's face was one of the most heart-breaking things I've ever scene. Actually, every time he cried I broke my heart into a million more pieces. Another of the saddest scenes was at Gus' fake/early funeral, when he was still actually alive, and Isaac and Hazel read their eulogies. Nat acted wonderfully in that scene, and when Isaac said 'I don't want to see a world without Augustus in it', the tears were streaming. Hazel's eulogy was also very emotional. There are so many scenes I could mention, that were so true to the book, and so beautifully done. Especially many of the scenes in Amsterdam- including the kiss at Anne Frank's House and Gus' beautiful speech at dinner telling Hazel he was in love with her. The film ended not long after Gus died, with a few flashbacks to Gus and Hazels relationship, whilst she was reading the letter he had left for her. It wrapped up the film perfectly, I couldn't have asked for a better ending.

Overall, I would recommend that whether you've read the book or not, you should definitely go and see the film (of course as a BOOK blogger I will also say you should read the book first), but it is a film for everyone. This film get full marks from me, as I can't think of a single way they could improve it. Bravo to John Green for writing such as inspirational beautiful story, to Josh Boone for bringing it to the screen so brilliantly, and finally to Shailene, Ansel, Nat and the entire cast, for portraying the beloved characters so perfectly.

Peace out book nerds xo

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