The Fault in our Stars by John Green was one of my favorite books of 2012, so when they announced the movie I was excited to see what they would do with it. Then John was on set for pretty much the whole time the movie was being made and then word came out how much he liked it and I was even more excited for this movie. Thankfully it totally lives up to the hype I built it for it and is just an awesome movie, not just a good adaptation.
The Fault in our Stars (TFIOS) is about two kids who are living with cancer and who are trying to find their way through life like every older teen is. Hazel Grace Lancaster, Shailene Woodley, and Augustus Waters, Ansel Elgort, meet at a support group for kids living with cancer and it’s obvious from the start that Augustus has a crush on Hazel. The two are fast friends and bond over Hazel’s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction. This leads them on an epic quest to meet the author and get answers to what happens to the other characters in the book after the book’s end.
TFIOS is a great movie in general and a very faithful adaptation in regards to book to movie. The acting is awesome in how they are able to portray the little things dealing with flirting or what it means to have lungs that don’t work, but you want to be an active teenager. Woodley and Elgort have an amazing connection that is the heart of the movie and the rest of the cast rises up to their performance.
My only real issue with the movie was that it wasn’t as emotional for me as the book was. There were things that came through in movie form better than they did in the book, but other aspects that really hit home for me as written words didn’t move me as much in movie form. But that’s just the nature of the two mediums. This is truly a story that when you bring to it from your own personal experiences will impact how things affect you.
I was also lucky enough to be able to attend the Night Before Our Stars showing that occurred on June 5th at 8:30 pm est /7:30 pm cst at some 600 theaters across the country. This was a special screening that included a Q&A and musical performances after the screening.
It was an amazing experience to be part of something like this in a theater. I’ve watched plenty of these type things on my computer or live but to know that you’re one of only a few thousand to experience the the same thing and knowing that we are all fans of the book it was a great thing. I kind of hope that more book to movie adaptation do this. It’s a great thank you to fans who aren’t able to attend the mall tours or other events, but can visit their local movie theater.
TFIOS is out now at theaters across the US. If you are not in the US, click HERE to see the listing of international release dates. You can also visit thefaultinourstarsmovie.com/ to get tickets and learn more about the movie and how you can join in the fun.