- Directed by: Josh Boone
- With: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe
- 126 Minutes
- IMDb: 8.5
As you may have read on my “Complete Guide to ‘The Fault in Our Stars’”, I am a huge fan of John Green and TFIOS was the book that changed forever my reading habits. In case you don’t know what “The Fault in Our Stars” is about, feel free to check my “Complete Guide for TFIOS” with details about the plot, the cast and a small review I made for John Green’s book. Based on one of the most touching YA novels ever written (click here), “The Fault in our Stars” premiered this week in Portugal and after watching it two times already I have to confess that I enjoyed a lot the adaptation.
Before watching “The Fault in Our Stars” I had really great expectations that I thought to be difficult to fulfill. The fact that I loved so damn much Green’s book was a huge obstacle for the movie, at least in my opinion. But fortunately, all my expectations and desires were fulfilled. “The Fault in Our Stars” made me cry, laugh and was capable of making me feel practically the same way the book did. Although there were some differences compared with the book (like the absence of some key elements of the book), the main plot was really good and overall the movie was really pleasant to watch. This was, without any doubts, another triumph for the YA romance genre that got more supporters after the release of movies like “The Way Way Back” and “The Spectacular Now”.
After months of complaints all over in the internet regarding the choices for the main characters, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (Hazel and Augustus) had a wonderful chemistry and I honestly thought that they were amazing pick. While Ansel has really funny expressions and is capable of displaying perfectly the behavior and characteristics of Augustus, Shailene ended up being, in my opinion, the perfect choice for Hazel since she showed in a wonderful way the evolution of the character just like it was described in the book. I thought that their relationship could be a little bit more developed to make the audience feel more attached to them but for 126 minutes the final result was remarkable.
Although I said amazing things about Ansel and Shailene, I cannot forget to mention the actor that impressed me the most, Willem Dafoe. By interpreting a mean old man, Dafoe was great at interpreting this emotionless character addicted to alcohol. The Swedish hip-hop scene made me laugh so badly both times I watched the movie and the way that Dafoe is capable of displaying the evilness of Van Houten was a surprise for me.
“The Fault in our Stars” has also another strong point: the soundtrack. With songs performed by well-known artists like Ed Sheeran, the music fitted perfectly in the movie. Overall, the movie was faithful to the book even though I felt that some elements present in the book might have helped to give the viewer the total comprehension of the events. Hazel’s parents were not attached to her the way they were in the book, the title was not explained and the final scenes were sadder in the book. “The Fault in our Stars” is the first adaptation of a book written by John Green and it is, for me, a movie capable of pleasing everyone. A beautiful and tragic love story that is not only entertaining but also amazing. A love story with some predictable moments but that it’s capable of making me drop a tear in the end. For those who enjoy romances and for those who enjoy a touching story, “The Fault in our Stars” is probably one of the best stories you will ever know. Despite its flaws, the movie was beautifully made and it’s a gift for all the Nerdfighters spread around the world, an extraordinary love story of two extraordinary teenagers.