MRM: “The Fault In Our Stars”
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Movie Review Monday: The Fault In Our Stars
Writer: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber (Book by: John Green)
Director: Josh Boone
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff
Oh, TFIOS. This is a tough one to review since I am biased as a Nerdfighter. I have been subscribed to the Vlogbrothers only for about 2 years now but I still have a lot of love for them. I read the book before seeing the movie which I’m glad I did. I enjoyed the book, reading it at a fast pace. Watching a relationship blossom through such a complex time creates a perspective of really finding the positive in the negative. That message can never be sent enough. You go deep into some tear-jerking moments balanced with some slick jokes and sentimental moments. It is a meaningful and interesting story that needed to be told. Even if at parts it did come across cheesy. Which, it did. But who doesn’t love a little cheesy in their life?
Shailene Woodley was a fantastic cast for this role. Likewise, was Ansel Elgort. She has the stature and face of an innocent girl but she can whip out some sass or attitude at the right time. I really like that quality in her. As for him, he has a genuine feeling of morality and you feel comfortable with him even as an audience member outside the screen. Nat Wolff is one of my favourite young actors since Stuck In Love. He played Augustus’s friend Isaac who captured your attention with humor and quick wit even as a supporting role. This entire cast has an unbreakable chemistry. They all feel very humanized with sincerity and traits that you can truly relate to.
A wonderful thing about this movie and story – which I believe John Green intended; is that teenagers are a part of the real world and shouldn’t be talked down to. Adults often talk to younger generations in condescending tones or have the urge to hide issues with fear of them not being able to handle it. There is nothing more intense and raw than finding out you have cancer. You need to face that with strength and maturity, which these characters do. They bind together in this tragedy and face it head on. Their outlook on how to handle it so levelheaded and it proves that a teenager is just as capable to accept the fate that is brought among them, no matter how devastating it may be.
This movie is one everybody should watch at one point in their lives.
Another reason I selected this movie to review is because I am overly excited about John Green’s next book-into-movie adaptation: Paper Towns. It again stars Nat Wolff apace with Cara Delevingne and I couldn’t be more excited. I will put the trailer below so you can fangirl with me.