Movie Review: The Fault in Our Stars

When I first saw the trailer for “The Fault in Our Stars”, I had no intention of seeing it. I touted it as just another tragic love story and I’m not really the type to go ga-ga over the latest literary or cinematic craze. But since I had a free movie ticket (you’ll find out why when I finally post my review of “Maleficent”), I agreed to meet a girlfriend of mine at the theater. Her stepdaughter had read the book, seen the movie, and absolutely loved it, so we decided to give it a shot.

We didn’t know what we were in for.

In case you didn’t know, “The Fault in Our Stars” is based on a novel by John Green. I didn’t read the novel. Usually I either read the novel or see the movie, never both. Anyway. Let’s see what IMDB says the film is about:

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

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Be prepared for this film to take a toll on your emotions. I could hear a lady across the theater sobbing, and while no tears trickled down my cheek, my fingers had deep teeth impressions where I had bit down to focus the emotional pain on to something else. But it was a beautiful film. I fell in love with it. The story is absolutely heartbreaking but I hope that all of these pre-teens and teens who are seeing this film take away the same message as I did: to make the most out of the life that we are given and that, even though we may not think so, we are all special and meaningful.

Ansel Elgort (Augustus Waters) was particularly adorable with that little smirk of his and I loved the character’s cocky – yet fully devoted to Hazel- attitude. He seemed exactly the type of guy that I could see myself falling in love with. Hazel didn’t stand a chance. Shailene Woodley (Hazel Grace Lancaster) is a beautiful young woman and she gave so much life to her character that I truly felt that she was experiencing those emotions. The supporting cast members all added a touch of greatness to the film, but it was Ansel and Shailene that made this such a phenomenal film.

All in all, this would be a definite buy for me if I can get a handle on my emotions and allow myself to watch this film again.

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