It is inevitable that I would see this movie. Of course, I wanted to read the novel first, but the ever growing reading list is not always realistic.
The Fault In Our Stars is based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old cancer patient. Hazel is terminally ill and her parents and doctor believe her to be depressed. Their solution to this is forcing her to join a support group. Here she meets Augustus Waters, played by Ansel Elgort. (You may remember seeing these two play brother and sister in the Divergent film.) The two bond over a love hate relationship from a novel recommended by Hazel. It is clear from the start Augustus’ feelings for Hazel. Although Hazel has her reservations, she falls in love with Augustus
The film follows the two teens in a difficult and haunting scenario. Hazel seeks answers from her favourite author regarding characters and the events that would have happened outside the novel. She associates herself with the main character who dies, being terminally ill herself. She seems to be seeking closure and reassurance that lives do continue once one ends.
The film hits a bit close to home so I prepared the barriers well in advance. None the less, The Fault in Our Stars is a great film that is bound to stab you in the gut and the heart as well as produce a few tears along the way. If you plan on watching this one, hide a tissue and keep it strong.
Despite knowing the story, I would still like to read the novel to get the full spectrum of characters and storyline.