The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

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The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
  • Time: 125 min
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Director: Josh Boone
  • Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe

Storyline:

Hazel and Augustus 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 meet and fall in love at a cancer support group.

5 reviews

  • The Fault In Our Stars Reviewed

    My rating: 4.5/10

    An adaptation of John Green’s best selling book, ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ is about Augustus a.k.a Gus (Ansel Elgort) and Hazel (Shailene Woodley), two teenagers who meet at a Cancer support group and fall in love.

    Scary sights of suffering teenagers and stories about pain and death are on the list of things that one can expect to see. The film definitely has some humorous moments but is predominantly filled with the feeling of depression. But the film does offer insight into how scary and painful cancer can be and about how family and friends play a vital role when one fights such a disease.fault-our-stars-movie-poster

    I personally felt that the film was highly depressing. I didn’t have a great experience as a viewer simply because of the amount of pain onscreen. The feeling of sorrow was what I felt in myself as I watched both of them suffer throughout the film, with Hazel carrying her oxygen tank and everything. Certain scenes where the two enjoy special romantic moments were refreshing after witnessing the trauma they go through. Gus in my opinion is the catchiest character in the film. He has a certain positivity towards his life even though he is struck with such a life threatening disease. He always appears to make the best out of all the time he has to live and enjoys every moment of his life by doing what he loves. It felt good to see Gus try his best to make Hazel smile. Ansel and Shailene portray great acting skills and do justice to their roles. Ansel steals the show with his sparky onscreen personality and wild child nature.

    I could relate the story line to Nicholas Sparks’ ‘A Walk To Remember’. I would not say that ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ was a copy of ‘A Walk To Remember’ but it most certainly did have a lot of traits that reflected Sparks’ work. This was a little bit of a let-down for me as the thought of the two films being highly similar kept flashing across my mind. I for one am a huge fan of ‘A Walk To Remember’ and now I’m quite sure that John Green, the author of ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, is one too.

    It’s a matter of opinion and this is mine: The film was depressing. A movie filled with a lot of sorrow and struggle. And definitely not much fun to watch as it was highly similar to ‘A Walk To Remember’. Here is a post that supports my feeling toward the movie.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/juliapugachevsky/the-fault-in-our-stars-is-a-walk-to-remember

    Good job Gus, but I could not smile because I was too busy being depressed.

  • (Rating: 3,5 / 5 in its own terms) These are films for receiving any luck. Although based on a bestseller, the story about a character affected by cancer should not receive much attention in cinema considering the invasion on TV about this kind of telefilms. But nevertheless took the Box Office arriving at 1st place and temporarily blurring the attention of “Maleficent” on the public. But it would not be big news if it were not also surrounded by laudatory reviews in specialized media Journalism

    … And truth, “The Fault In Our Stars” feels like a TV movie but more budget. Follow the outline of a TV movie, with characters who are collaterally developed (only get voice and presence when sharing scene with any of the protagonists), and characters which we see for a moment and then not see them again during a considerable time, which is a symptom of direct-to-DVD films which are poorly edited or unprepared (eg “Lol” featured Miley Cyrus). That’s why (warning: little Spoilers in the next sentence) the appearance of Willem Dafoe in the funeral is meaningless, and the meeting between Shailene Woodley and Nat Wolff in the end has no coherence, since they are not strictly friends but their friendship is only appearance maintained by the link gave by Ansel Elgort; then only serves as a Deus Ex Machina to Wolff advise about the letter. The worst punished is Sam Trammell, who not only has little presence but even his acting is not convincing, looking more like a adult friend than a father. But what really superfluous are the flashbacks of the protagonist as a child, which are completely standard and could have been omitted

    The problem of “The Fault In Our Stars” is not to follow the steps of a television drama. Here’s Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, in a truly bizarre turn of events have gone from being brothers in the hit “Divergent” to be dating in this film; although there are not too creepy innuendos that could emphasize this Pseudo-incest? And in case of Woodley, her performance is not just good but brilliant; what is even more remarkable considering her poor performance in “Divergent”. Elgort is pretty good but pales in dramatic moments and must contend with an overly indulgent script

    And is that part of the errors is the script focused over Elgort, incurring in the vices of the new Hollywood cinema. Apparently, there is now a very strong belief in business where the adolescents should be very confident and loving for the public to sympathize with them. While the interpretation and charisma of Ansel Elgort do not bother, the script is so desperate to make him a lovable character who flooded in a sea of ​​improbability. Of course, as soon as he meets the girl, Elgort does not remove the look in her, and even the first day invited to his house where she accepts the invitation (Who said that a woman is difficult to conquer?). Not only do these exaggerated first steps, but some improbable nonsense for a teenager like lending a friend trophies to destroy them or the cigarette metaphor, which is good in theory but in practice is shameful. Moreover, in any case, would be fine the nonsense about the cigarette within the protagonists circle, but the desperate script does not conform and decides to cross barriers: so, they tell the cigarette metaphor to a stewardess (as if the stewardess mattered actually… she does not care)

    The argument of these guys is the concept of us-against-the-world, where Shailene Wood has a narcissism (justified by her illness) that leads her to believe that she is the first to discover the joys of love and pain of heartache; while Ansel Elgort is the kick for these demands. Of course, as the Americans have a somewhat strange humor, for every inspirational moment arises a stupid thing. So while Shailene Wood must suffer up the stairs of the Anne Frank house (the most inspired moment in the film), seconds later we see people applauding because Woodley and Elgort first kiss (How did people know it was the first kiss?). Even the comedy is not very funny, and starts to seriously hit the intentions of the story (the eulogio by the blind friend, the car-eggs scene)

    Of course, the movie offers in the first few seconds an explanation / apology about what you will be found here (this will not be a happy story with Peter Gabriel songs…). Thus, we are quasi-warned of the embarrassingly precious and self-absorbed touch. And while on one hand it is true, on the other script offers a little more variety to avoid falling in one level, with some inspired moments (the aforementioned scene of the ladder. Perhaps the best scene is one subtle moment that involves Woodley accidentally looking at the hands of her parents tapering strong, a sign of concern for their daughter) and deviations like visiting the pedantic author of novels (Willem Dafoe). It certainly is not a very strong script (one that can last for repeated viewings), and it is true that the film exaggerates with an excess of precious production (pseudo-alternative music as mood thermometer, a trick almost patented in “Juno”); but as the film itself “The Fault In Our Stars” is quite competent, and considering the Shailene Woodley amazing performance, “The Fault In Our Stars” is as good as this kind of cancer movie gets.

  • Calling “The Fault in Our Stars” a teen flick might sound a little bit stereotypical. Yes, the primary target audience of this film is young adults, but there are so many heavy emotions and relatable themes that it can even appeal to an older audience as well. All of the issues that the film covers are real and tragic and we as an audience can feel for the characters and even grow to love them.

    Watching Hazel and Augustus cope and struggle with their terminal cancer diagnoses feels so powerful that it appears as though it is really happening. Their love for each other grows even as their conditions worsen. You can feel the pain that they feel and the deep bond that they share.

    I realized that life can end at any given second. Perhaps the greatest lesson that I learned from this film is that if you love someone, let them know it. Spend every second you can with them and make them the happiest person in the world, because tomorrow it could all end. The relationship between Augustus and Hazel did not feel real… because it was real. There was no acting. It was genuine and heartfelt and we could feel the growing sense of sorrow and pain as Augustus’ health began to rapidly decline. We grew to love them as human beings, not characters, and were torn apart when the ending of the film arrived.

    I love this film. I love it because of its heartfelt lesson that life is beautiful and that one should love it as they love the person that they wish to spend it with. This is a film that needs to be seen because of its sheer power and its message. “The Fault In Our Stars” is a romantic & heartbreaking masterpiece!

  • The Fault in Our Stars, is based on a book of the same name about, Hazel (Shailene Woodley) who was diagnosed with terminal cancer when she was thirteen and has been left with an oxygen tank as a companion. She is forced to go to cancer support group by her parents, where she meets Gus (Ansel Elgort) an eighteen year old with a prosthetic leg, who form a strong bond over Hazel’s favourite book.

    You couldn’t get a more perfect cast. Both Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are up and coming actors and already this year we’ve seen them play brother and sister in Divergent. They were fantastic in that and even better in this. While it’s strange they play siblings and now are a couple, the chemistry is undoubtable. They are more than convincing and you really feel every emotion with them.

    The story is outstanding and really do justice to showing not only what it’s like to have terminal cancer, but to how the families of the sick try to deal with it. It’s a difficult subject matter and…
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  • The Fault in Our Stars is a number-one bestselling novel by John Green that came out in January 2012. 18 months and millions of copies sold later the novel has been adapted into a film. Whenever a book is turned into a film, fans of the book always worry if the film crew will do the book justice. It’s a scary thought really, these characters that you fell in love with as you turned the pages can be ruined if the film doesn’t bring the characters to life the way you imagined them to be. Will Josh Boone and his crew make thousands of fans happy or will this adaptation turn sour?

    Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) are two extraordinary teenagers who are fighting the same fight – cancer. They both share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them – and us – on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. The Fault in Our Stars takes us on an unforgettable journey about how it feels to be alive and in love.

    If your biggest fear was that the movie adaptation won’t live up to the book then take a deep breath of relief because Josh Boone stayed faithful to the book. The screenwriters even took entire passages from the book and inserted them into the script. Yes, there are scenes from the book that did not make the film but that was to be expected due to the film having a run time of 125 minutes. So if there wasn’t a scene that did not contribute to getting Hazel and Augustus to Amsterdam or to the ending of the novel then it had to be left out. But even with that, you will not be disappointed.

    Woodley has proven herself as an actress in past films and it is no surprise that she killed it as Hazel Grace. What I enjoyed the most was that she didn’t take the easy route by evoking pity or sadness from the viewers with her terminal illness. It’s easy to sympathize with any film about cancer due to it being an illness that takes the lives of many loved ones but Woodley doesn’t let that happen. Instead, she uses Hazel’s goodness and wit to help the audience grow a connection with her. And Elgort does the same thing with Augustus even though he did come off too cocky. The chemistry between the two actors was simply beautiful and I must admit, I fell in love for them after their first interaction in the film. Issac (Nat Wolff) adds the only comic relief throughout the film as a patient whose cancer causes him to lose his eyes.

    The greatest strength and what I appreciate the most from the film is that it does not use cancer to pull the tears from our eyes because yes, you will cry in this film. Instead, it uses love as the tearjerker because love is not always perfect and can get quite emotional. Not only does the love between Augustus and Hazel choke you up but the love between Hazel and her parents grows stronger.

    “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
    But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” – Cassius

    The title of the book and the film is a play on the quote from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. In general, I would agree with Cassius that the faults is indeed not in our stars but in ourselves but in the case of Hazel, Augustus and everyone else with terminal illness, the fault is in their stars.

    Overall, I highly recommend going to see The Fault in Our Stars when it hits theaters on June 6th. It is a perfect date film or something you can go see with your family or friends. Make sure you bring your napkins because your hands might be too buttery from eating your popcorn to wipe those tears. This film is by far one of my favorite book to movie adaptations as of late. You’ll get the same feelings from reading the book as watching the film. Note, you will shed more tears if you decide to read the novel.

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