Movie Review: The Fault in our Stars

A Fault In Our Stars

Having seen a lot of movies that butchered the books that I love when it were adapted to film, I learned to lower my expectations. It is very rare that the movie is better than the film, in this case: The Fault in our Stars.

The film follows Hazel and Gus, played by today’s well-loved pair – Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, as their relationship develops from their first meeting at a cancer support group until the time they set off on a surprising and exciting journey to Amsterdam.

Shailene Woodley is a force to reckon with. I can’t help but smile whenever I see her portray Hazel Grace as I envisioned her in the book. It was her quiet confidence, yet strong performance that glued all the pieces of the film together. I will look forward to seeing this girl become one of the most sought after actresses of this generation.

A Fault In Our Stars

Ansel Elgort was all charm. Just the right ingredient to support Woodley’s character. Being a fan of the book, it was a dream cast specially seeing Peter Van Houten come to life thanks to Willem Dafoe. What can be felt in the book is the overflowing love of the characters to each other, the good news is this love is felt throughout the movie.

They gave justice to the most memorable scenes on the book,  the Anne Frank House, the restaurant where they had their first date, the “literal heart of Jesus” where the support group is held. It was a faithful depiction of what was in the book that I am sure the fans will love.

Overall, the film was worth a watch whether you have read the book or not. It is a breath of fresh air after watching all of the computer graphics heavy movies that are available in theaters.

The Showbook Rating : 4 out of 5 stars

“The Fault In Our Stars” opens June 5 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.


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