Our Little Infinity
John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars won over many back when it was released a couple of years ago, so much so that it was swiftly picked up to have a silver-screen adaptation made. Director Josh Boone had quite a difficult task at hand to make a movie that would be true to the audience who had previously read the book while also making it easy enough to jump into for someone who hadn’t. I was in the latter category, and will be reviewing the movie as a sole standalone film instead of relating it to the book, and to be frank, I really enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars.
The Fault in Our Stars has quite a simple story – a love story even. It centers around two characters, Hazel and Gus, who meet at a cancer support group and have obviously both had trouble with cancer throughout their lifetime. Like I said above, this story is very much a love story – but in an unconventional way. Sure, you’ve got your slight twists and turns, the little bit of fighting here and there – but deep down, The Fault in Our Stars is about accepting who you are, what you have, and living every moment like it’s your last – and that’s what I love about it.
Each substantial character introduced in the movie has depth and humor to them, and Hazel and Gus are immediately relatable. Hazel, played by Shailene Woodley, is especially excellent and her performance was top-notch from start to finish. The same can be said about her co-star, Ansel Elgort, who plays Gus. The chemistry between the two is quite good and you can tell immediately that they’ve put a lot of thought into their characters and the motives they have. Dealing with such a serious matter is difficult enough as it is in the real world but each character in the movie felt real and I couldn’t help but become emotionally attached to their journey.
“This isn’t a movie that will leave you walking out of the cinema with a smile on your face, as it’s very much a realistic approach to how harsh cancer can be.”
Dealing with cancer is a difficult task within itself, and even personally I’ve known many, both friends and family, that have dealt with it. So coming into the movie I knew I’d have that personal connection as soon as it started. The way the movie handles cancer is good, if I could even say that, as it doesn’t let you down easy. This movie is a ‘sick’ love story as it’s put in the tagline, and it should be treated as such. This isn’t a movie that will leave you walking out of the cinema with a smile on your face, as it’s very much a realistic approach to how harsh cancer can be. As I left the cinema I looked around me to see how much of an effect it had on the others who had seen it, and not to my surprise I saw a lot of tears. Even though there are some quite saddening scenes in the film, like I said above, I had more of a reflective attitude after the credits began to roll. Cancer really sucks, and if anything this movie truly emphasizes that.
Dealing with book-to-movie adaptations is difficult if you haven’t read the source material, and I promise that I will be reading the book very soon. I’m absolutely going to come back to this review to give my thoughts on how I thought the movie stacked up to the book, but for now, reviewing it as a standalone movie experience, I can’t help but say that this was truly an excellent movie. I don’t think it had as much of an impact as 50/50 did, but I think it more-or-less made me reflective about cancers impact and how tragic loss can be.
Edit: I’ve just finished the book, and I’m convinced that the movie is a great adaptation of its source material. It does deviate quite a bit in some sequences but it does undoubtedly stay true to the story. It is very much a wonderful adaptation of an excellent book.
Josh Boone really hit home with The Fault in Our Stars, and I really can’t pull any negatives from the movie because I enjoyed it quite a lot. Sure, there were some bits where I’d hoped it hurry up a tad, but that happens in every movie I watch these days (curse you TV). The acting in the movie is top-notch and the story, while simplistic, hits home in many different ways personally and emotionally. Dealing with cancer in film is such a difficult task, but it all worked very well and even left me with a tear in my eye during a couple of important points in the film. Cancer sucks, but this movie doesn’t. I highly recommend it.
Josh Boone’s book-to-movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars is excellent and I really enjoyed it. Dealing with such a serious subject matter is difficult within itself but it’s handled with great care and tells an incredible story about loss, tragedy, and dealing with cancer.
Directed by: Josh Boone
Written by: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (screenplay) and John Green (book)
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort & Nat Wolff