The Fault in Our Stars
Nobody likes getting sick. It’s unpleasant, it changes our daily routine, and we’re brought down to a level in which our souls have been weakened by the disease, making us feel bad about ourselves and giving us an everlasting fear that sickness can strike at any moment. No matter how healthy we try to live, we aren’t invincible and we could drop dead at any moment from something that scientists have yet to discover. That’s what’s troubling about the universe; the air and land we breath has so much we don’t understand that were still young at fighting.
One such disease is cancer. This has been around forever and people to this stay still get sudden announcements from their doctor that they too have become one of millions of people with a disease they have yet to find a cure. Technology has gotten better, but most cancer victims are stuck to taking chemotherapy as a treatment, but it’s no guarantee. I think that people with cancer or any other kind of sickness wants the world to know that they are regular people like us with interests, family and love. Two teenagers reveal their love-sick story in the adaption of the critically acclaimed novel, The Fault in Our Stars.
Hazel-Grace Lancaster (played by Shailene Woodley) is a sixteen-year-old cancer patient who has had this curse ever since she was a little girl. She has gone through many treatments and has had a couple of encounters with death. Fate has kept her alive as she struggles to live a normal teenage life. At the insistence of her parents, she attends a support group for teenagers like herself, yet doesn’t find much that interests her. This changes when she gets stares from a new addition to the group, Augustus Waters (played by Ansel Elgort)
He has a rebellious spirit that many of the other cancer stricken teenagers lack that intrigues Hazel, yet she writes off his affections and ask that their relationship only remain friendly. As the weeks pile on, their texting sessions become longer and the two get to know each other, including Hazel’s dream of meeting her favorite author, Peter Van Houten (played by William Dafoe). Augustus uses his wish from Make-A-Wish to take her and her mother to Amsterdam, where romance finally draws the two to each other. The trip goes well and they continue to prosper their relationship, until one of them hits further complications (I won’t be the one to say who).
The Fault in Our Stars could have gone a million ways wrong from adding a dumb misunderstanding to having them instantly fall for each other right on the spot. Love stories are like horror films as few of them are any good, but this one is a very good love story. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort have some excellent chemistry that makes them look very precious together. It’s a real relationship where they’re seen talking to each other about this stuff and how far is too far for this kind of love.
It’s a rare mix of funny and sad. Just how sad is The Fault in Our Stars. It never reaches a point of phony smultz, but rather heartbreaking facts of life that our characters have no choice but to face them. I’ll say that I enjoyed 50/50 a little better then The Fault in Our Stars as it is missing something that was needed; more scenes with Augustus on his own. We get a lot of scenes of Hazel watching TV or reading, but I never got more out of Augustus then that he used to play basketball and he’s a rebellious amputee. The best way to describe the movie is something that I also used with Her had last year, cute. It’s a cute story that I sure plenty of people are going to bring tissues with before they watch.
I’ll give this four and a half cityscapes of Amsterdam out of five, as both characters would have loved this. The Fault in Our Stars is a nice love story that the books fans are gonna love and will become as much of a valentines staple as 500 Days of Summer and Love Story has become.