The Fault in Our Stars is the movie adaptation of the book by John Green, which is much beloved by teenagers everywhere. It’s about Hazel, a 16 year old cancer patient, who meets Augustus Waters, cancer survivor, at a support group. After having read the book, I wasn’t quite as enthralled as everyone else, but I went along to the movie on a special fan screening on Thursday. (Unfortunately, being in England, the film came out later than in America.)
I really liked the film. The acting was incredible, and despite the emotional scenes which could have lead to the young leads hamming it up, it all felt very authentic. The leads fitted their characters very well, and Shailene Woodley was incredible. Ansel Elgort, who I know many people were sceptical about, was perfect, and he made Augustus Waters – a character who had the potential to be irritating and cringey – just as lovable as in the book. He got across the charm which caused thousands of teenage girls to fall in love with him. Large amounts of plot had to be cut from the film, which focussed on the latter half of the book, and whilst this did result in the build up of the relationship feeling slightly rushed, there were plot points from the book which I thought the film was correct to cut out, as some parts of the book were unnecessary. However, there were other aspects that I was very disappointed with, namely Isaac’s speech, which seemed to have been cut down, which was a shame as that was my favourite part of the book. The soundtrack to the film was great and was used to fantastic effect to heighten the emotion throughout the film.
All in all, this was a good film, and I would venture so far as to say it was better than the book (although if you’re an avid fan of the book, I’m sure you’d disagree.) If you love the book, definitely go see this, as it won’t let you down. If you haven’t read the book but are looking for a film to watch, give this a go, it’s funny and heart wrenching and realistic, and worth your time. However, whilst a good film and worth watching, as someone who had no particular emotional connection to the original book, I can’t help feeling that I will probably forget about the film, and so give it a 3.5 out of 5.<