***If you have yet to read the novel The Fault in Our Stars by YouTuber, young adult author, and nerdfighter John Green, please do before seeing the movie.***
One thing I really loved about the TFiOS movie was the casting and the plot of the movie. The director, with the assistance of the author John Green, was able to accurately incorporate important moments from the book into the film. It was an excellent book-to-movie film.
The movie follows the sam plotline as the book. Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is dying of cancer. She soon befriends and falls in love with the pretentious Augustus "Gus" Waters (Ansel Elgort), who also suffered from cancer and lost one of his legs as a result. Together, the two try to keep their relationship afloat as the fight their battles and live their lives. And you can't forget about their blind friend Isaac (Nat Wolff) who lost both eyes to cancer, and their favorite writer Van Houten (Williem Dafoe), who teaches them a valuable lesson about expectations.
The movie was as tear-jerking and incredible as the book. Woodley and Elgort, who played the Prior siblings in another 2014 book-to-movie film "Divergent," have an unmistakable chemistry between them that is rivaled by almost no one. Their playful banter and actions are very realistic, and the flow of the characters is amazing.
I also wanted to address critics of the book and film quickly. Green does not try to romanticize cancer or other illnesses in his novel. He is writing about a heavy subject, and if you think he's trying to humorize the illness than I suggest you re-read the book. Green gives his characters cancer to show that there is more to them than their condition. When we hear someone has cancer, that's usually all we can associate with them. Chemotherapy, sick, hospitals. But Green shows his characters living their lives and falling in love while suffering from their cancers. He's using this heavy subject to show that, while cancer is a delicate and terrible thing, we shouldn't discredit those who have it. And I think that's brilliant.
As I said, the nature of the film is heavy, but not as heavy as it could be. Although there are very sad parts, Green dilutes them with humor and endearment. His well-rounded characters have their strengths and weaknesses, and he shows them living their lives and trying to "minimalize the casualties" as they interact with those around them.
I love the style of the movie and how it follows the book. Like I said before, please do read the novel if you haven't. It will make a lot of aspects in the movie more clear.
Overall, I would give this movie a 4.7/5 because it was very well-done and deserves the praise it has been given.
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