After I read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, I was delighted to find out that a movie was going to be made based on it. I absolutely loved the book and I am excited to say that the film did not disappoint. The Fault in Our Stars is originally a book written by John Green. The book is written from the point of view of a 16 year old girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster. Hazel is an extraordinary teen for multiple reasons. One of which being that she is terminally ill with Stage 4 Thyroid cancer with metastasis forming in her lungs, but has managed to live with her disease owing to doses of an experimental drug called Phalanxifor.
The book starts with Hazel attending a support group for cancer patients where she meets a boy named Augustus Waters, who has osteosarcoma, which took one of his legs. They have another friend named Isaac who has lost one of his eyes due to cancer. The movie adaptation was directed by Josh Boone and the screenplay was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. This was the first movie I had ever seen that was directed by Boone. Neustdter and Weber are most known for their screenwritings of 500 Days Of Summer. Hazel Grace is played by the amazing Shailene Woodley who you might recognize from The Secret Life of the American Teenager or Divergent. Augustus is played by Ansel Elgort who you might recognize from Carrie or Divergent. Isaac is played by Nat Wolff. Hazel Grace’s parents are played by Laura Dern who you know as Dr. Ellie Sattler from Jurassic Park and Sam Trammell.
The rest of the book details their lives in the following months. As you can see, this movie did not have gigantic stars, but almost all of these people had worked together prior to this movie. While on the surface, the plot seems very predictable, I can assure that it is not. In fact, Green mocks the classic format of a teenage love story for being unrealistic and unrelatable. Instead, he chose to write about a believable teenage girl whose entire life revolves around her disease. This choice of his brought some originality to a genre that had not seen much change in the last several years. While stories about a dystopian America and tales about sparkling beats can be entertaining, The Fault in Our Stars puts things into perspective.
As I previously mentioned, Woodley did an incredible job portraying Hazel Grace. She captured the intelligent, loving, and good natured person that I fell in love with while reading. I have nothing but praise for Woodley’s performance. Elgort portrayed Gus very well also. He played the role of the cocky but charming Gus very accurately. The chemistry between Woodley and Elgort was fantastic also. Wolff portrayed Isaac almost exactly as I pictured him. The over the top character suited him very well. Dern portrayed Hazel’s mother exactly like how she was in the book. Trammell did an exceptionally great job portraying Hazel’s father as well. One of the biggest plot points was the effect of the cancer on Hazel’s parents, and both Dern and Trammell did an amazing job conveying that point.
I had very few problems with this movie. The biggest problem that comes to mind is that Augustus seems a bit too cocky at certain points during the film. Other than that, the only problems I have with it are the details that were left out due to the book being transformed into a movie as well as some of the events were moved around which I did not like overall. Without getting into spoilers, two entire characters are left out of the movie which did not bother me too much because they were not heavily involved in the main plot, but I still would have liked to see them. Also, a few keys lines were moved around to different events and I did not think that any of these movements particularly enhanced any scenes. My closing thoughts are that I absolutely loved this movie. While I do think that the book is better for several reasons, this movie adaptation was still fantastic. I recommend this book and movie to everyone, especially people who are tired of the classic teen romance plot structure.