‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Movie Is More Than “Okay”

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I was lucky enough to see an advance screening of the movie adaptation of John Green’s bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars (in theaters June 6th), and I can’t imagine a better version of this story being told on the big screen. Directed by Josh Boone (Stuck in Love), the movie manages to capture the delicate balance of sharp, witty humor and brutally raw emotion that Green so deftly depicts on the page. A large part of the film’s success is that they took a fair amount of Green’s text straight from the book. Hazel’s narration is preserved through periodic voice-overs, and much of the dialogue is fairly true to the book, if not taken directly. The other reason The Fault in Our Stars so perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the book is the cast. I never thought it could be possible to find a young actress and actor who could truly embody Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters (unless someone created a time machine and went back in time to when Jena Malone and Mike Erwin were young enough to play teenagers), but Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort have surpassed any image I may have had of what these characters should be. And I’d be remiss if I left out the incredible Nat Wolff, whose performance as Isaac is so innate that it almost feels like Green based on the character on him to begin with.

The Fault in Our Stars seems like the rare instance where everyone involved in this project actually worked together seamlessly to create the best possible film while staying true to the original work. As someone who holds the book very dear and was dubious about its journey to the big screen, I am thrilled to say they succeeded. I think fans of the book will be very pleased with how the movie has turned out, and anyone who hasn’t read the book will be equally blown away by this powerful and brilliant film. Just remember to bring tissues.

-L

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Posted on June 4, 2014, in Books, Film and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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