Review: The Fault in Our Stars
Released by 20th Century Fox on 10 July 2014
Length: 2h 6m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Lotte Verbeek.
Hazel and Augustus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they meet and fall in love at a cancer support group.
When I found out the Fault in Our Stars was going to be made into a movie, my first thought was ‘they are going to film in Amsterdam!’ I had really enjoyed the book, loved it even, even though I hadn’t cried as much as most other people had. But I definitely wanted to see the movie. I watched the pictures of them filming in Amsterdam (couldn’t go there myself unfortunately, seeing as I had to work those days), I watched the trailer and then ignored every other teaser they released because I didn’t want to see anything more.
Then, the movie was released in America, a month before its release in the Netherlands, and I was kind of mad. Because why film half the movie in my country, but keep if from us for another month? Anyway, yesterday on 1 July, nine days before the official release, I finally got to see the Fault in Our Stars. And like Augustus says about his risotto; if this movie were a person, I would take it to Vegas to get married. Wow.
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep, slowly and then all at once.“
Let me talk about the cast first, because this cast is amazing. Shailene and Ansel were perfect as Hazel and Augustus. I had loved them in Divergent already, and I just couldn’t wait to see them play these different roles in TFIOS. I got a bit mad at people being weirded out because they played brother and sister in Divergent and then lovers in TFIOS, but seriously they are actors. It’s called ACTING, they are not brother and sister or lovers in real life, they are two actors who just do their job. I thought it was amazing that they played in these two movies together, because they just have an amazing chemistry. And then there was Nat Wolff as Isaac. When I first saw pictures of him, I thought he looked like the singer of my favourite band a lot. Seriously, they could be brothers. But besides that, Nat is an amazing actor, and I loved him as Isaac. The rest of the cast was amazing as well, but Willem Dafoe as Peter van Houten was actually really such a good choice, because Willem actually kind of scares me sometimes, and Peter was a dick (wow, it must be the name). And they actually cast a Dutch person to play Lidewij, three cheers for the casting people of the movie! Yes yes yes, perfect cast is perfect.
Of course, there is a lot of texting and email sending going on in this movie, and I thought it was very perfectly done. The text messages they send to each other would appear right next to them ‘Sherlock style‘. Personally, I think this way is a lot better than just showing the text on the phone. The locations were amazing as well, I loved seeing Amsterdam from a different perspective, and I loved seeing the Anne Frank House again and hearing Lidewij talk Dutch (like one simple sentence, but that just made me really happy).
The book-to-movie transition was just perfect. It felt like the book was coming to life, literally. Most of the things said in the movie were direct quotes from the book and I just recognized every scene from the book and yes I LOVED IT SO MUCH! There were some flashback scenes that weren’t really in the book (at least, not like this, I think) that I thought were really nicely done. Scenes of a younger Hazel going through chemo and all those things, the little girl looked so lovely and I just felt so bad for her.
Of course, there were the scenes that made everyone cry while reading the book, and when those happened, you could just hear half of the audience in the cinema silently sobbing. And so were my sister and I. I had brought tissues, but in the end I didn’t even use them (the sleeves of my cardigan were closer at the moment). Wow, yes I would like to give five-hundred points to the cast of the Fault in Our Stars, for making me sob so hard I got a headache (ok, I always have a headache, but this movie gave me an even bigger one).
In the end, I think I can call The Fault in Our Stars one of the most perfect movies based on a book. If I could, I would give it all the stars I could give them, but for now I just have to be satisfied with five stars. TFIOS, it was a privilege to have my heart broken by you.