Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
It felt like just yesterday, that I sat in a cinema with almost 200 other TFIOS fans and cried over the unfairness of life. Oh wait, it was just yesterday! Thanks to Book World, I was given the opportunity to view an exclusive pre-screening of The Fault in Our Stars before its June 5th release in Australia. Guys, if you take away just one word from this review, let it be ‘beautiful’. Because it’s the right word to describe this movie. Everything about it was beautiful – the casting, the lines, the scenery, and most importantly, the way it stuck so closely to the book. 2014 has been a wonderful year for book-to-movie adaptations, and we can definitely add TFIOS to that list.
I’ve had friends tell me that Ansel Elgort was not right for the role of Gus because he wasn’t the one that they imagined while reading the book. I wholeheartedly disagree. Ansel did a brilliant job portraying the romantic Augustus Waters, and delivered all the lines so well. He was the Gus I had imagined in my head while reading, and he’ll forever remain the Gus in
our Hazel’s heart.
Shailene Woodley once again did a brilliant job in her role as Hazel Grace Lancaster. She completely made me forget that she was also Tris Prior, and even though I knew what would happen, there was still a little place in my heart that hoped the movie would end differently. Shailene was able to portray Hazel Grace immaculately, and there was never once that I doubted she was the wrong person to play Hazel Grace either.
The movie itself stayed very faithful to the book. To be honest, while I enjoyed the book, it wasn’t as life-changing to me as it was to others sitting in the theatre with me yesterday night. You can read my review of the book HERE. I don’t say this often, but I thought the movie was actually BETTER than the book. There, I said it. There were some scenes that were a little rushed, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment for the movie. All the important parts were there, and I could feel myself falling in love with Augustus Waters right alongside Hazel. I also felt like I was right there with her as her heart broke, and you have no idea how much that hurt. I’m tearing up right now just thinking about it.
For a long time, I didn’t think I was going to cry. There were lots of funny scenes scattered throughout the movie that balanced the tear-jerking factor, but once that scene in Amsterdam happened (you know the one, where Hazel and Gus is sitting on a bench and he breaks the awful news to her), I was gone. My eyes leaked like a tap and the whole cinema was filled with crying fans. THE EMOTIONS, I CAN’T HANDLE IT ALL AT ONCE.
NO, NOT OKAY!!!
Guys, if you were thinking of watching this – do it. If you were on the fence about the movie (why?!), I highly recommend you watch it. It’s a truly faithful adaptation and provides you with such a brilliant rollercoaster ride of emotions. It’s a beautiful, beautiful movie.