The Fault in Our Stars
Adapted from: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Directed by: Josh Boone
Produced by: Wyck Godfrey
Screenplay by: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
I was one of the lucky ducks who got to see The Night Before Our Stars, but it's taken me a full twenty-four hours to form a coherent thought about this.
I am in awe.
John Green is one of the most talented writers I have ever read, and the TFiOS production team somehow transferred this incredible story to the movie screen. Some things had to be left out, obviously, but everything important was there. The screen writers deserve a huge round of applause for the way they transformed Green's story without changing it.
We already know Hollywood can tell great love stories, jerk tears, and show heartfelt grief. I had faith that those elements of TFiOS would be carried over to the movie, but I was worried that the characters wouldn't have the same effect onscreen as on the page. Hazel Grace and Augustus are so incredibly real in the book that I wasn't sure any actors could portray them. I was wrong. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort were absolutely perfect for the roles. All of the actors did an incredible job. I cannot get over the amount of talent in this movie.
The only thing that the movie didn't quite manage to do was capture Hazel's voice, the way she tells her story. It would have been impossible, requiring constant narration, but they did the best possible. Hazel's wit and voice were there in the small parts Shailene did narrate, and the dialogue was as brilliant as John Green wrote it.
Everyone associated with this movie deserves so much praise. The Fault in Our Stars is a book beloved by thousands of people, and the cast and crew had to turn it into a two-hour film. There were so many subtle touches - the bit of blue in every scene, the Hectic Glow poster in Hazel's room, the texts and emails popping up on the screen, the beautiful soundtrack, the gorgeous set and costume designs - it was clear how much thought, time, and creativity was put into this movie. The effect was stunning. I want to hug everyone who had anything to do with the awesomeness of this movie.
The actors and the production crew did this story justice. When I first heard that TFiOS was going to be made into a movie, I didn't want to go see it. I was afraid the movie adaptation would ruin the book for me when I reread it. Not the case at all. If anything, having seen the movie will make the book even more amazing when I read it again. I cried for more than half of the film, big, ugly sobs with snot on my face. I laughed through my tears and sat on the edge of my seat even though I already knew how it ended.
I am so extremely happy with the way The Fault in Our Stars turned out. Even the movie-poster cover of the book is lovely. I will watch this movie over and over again for years to come. This has become more of a fangirling rant than a review by now, but there's really no other way to describe it. The Fault in Our Stars is a masterpiece both on the page and in the theatre.
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