Sunday, June 8, 2014

Movie Review: The Fault In Our Stars by Josh Boone and by John Green - 5 stars!

Happy Sunday!

I just had an out-of-body movie experience and I want to share it with you. I went to see The Fault In Our Stars, directed by Josh Boone and based on a novel by John Green.

When I visited BEA2012 I had a chance to see John Green in person in his publisher's booth. I only knew his book Looking for Alaska at that time, but since he got a lot of publicity at BEA that year, I familiarized myself with his work. I didn't know much about the author back then, but I got my copy of An Abundance of Katherines and TFIOS  and read both books after the visit to NYC. I loved his writing and his books. That's why I was happy and excited to see the movie. I was nervous before the movie because of being a fan of the book and I have seen movie adaptions which have not lived up to the original novels and I didn't want to be disappointed. Now, after watching the movie, I'm also a fan of the movie!

Side notes: I won't be comparing the book to the movie. Please notice, that 5 stars in Me and Reading equals with 10 stars in IMDB.


Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Director: Josh Boone
Screenwriter: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Based on: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Production: Temple Hill Entertainment, 20th Century Fox
Genre: Romance, Drama
Length: 125 minutes
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell
Theatre: Solaris Kino

Summary from IMDB.: 

Hazel and Gus 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 met and fell in love at a cancer support group.


My review:

The Fault In Our Stars is a movie which is a must-see. It's perfect! I'm an avid movie visitor and so far it is the best movie I have seen in 2014. It touches your heart, it makes you laugh and it makes you cry, it makes you angry, it makes you happy, it makes you believe. It covered a whole scale of emotions humanly possible to experience. The movie played me like a fine artist touching all the strings of my heart. I think there wasn't a single feeling which I did not feel during the 125 minutes the movies lasted.

There would be so much to tell you about the movie, but I won't be able to do that without giving out any spoilers and I don't want to re-tell you the whole movie, but I will try to do my best. It's one of these movies where your attention is simply glued to the screen and you are trying to suck it all in, every facial expression, every move, every sentence, every color, every sound. It captivates you and keeps you until you realize, that unfortunately the movie is over. I sat a good five minutes after it was finished and I didn't want to leave the magic bubble I was in. It was an emotional roller coaster, but it was a roller coaster I didn't mind shaking me. There's a lot to love in this movie.

Even though the movie deals with serious and heavy issues like terminal cancer, losing the loved ones, it also gave a lot of positive aspects of friendship, love, parenting, support, survival, taking the best out of a devastating situation, making your dreams come true while knowing that you don't have much time left to live. It's partially due to the John Green's writing brilliancy, but also because of the movie makers, making the scenes unbelievably beautiful. Even the saddest scenes in the movie were beautiful to watch. That is what I loved about The Fault In Our Stars - it balanced the terrible and painful cancer stories with humor and love.

The casting was fabulous! I have seen all the starring actors in different movies before and I have to admit, I wasn't sure if both Shailene and Ansel would be good as Hazel and Gus, but boy, did they do the job! Now, after watching the movie, I can't imagine anybody else taking or playing the roles, they simply complemented their characters! They were perfect to the roles! I also enjoyed Laura Dern and Sam Trammell as parents and Nat Wolff as Isaac.

My favorite scenes:

There were many, because the whole movie was beautifully made, but there are four of them which made me feel the beauty and the lump in my throat.. and cry.

The scene where Isaac, Gus and Hazel a throwing eggs on Monica's car. I laughed out loud. I loved how a blind Isaac was trying to hit the car, Gus giving directions, how Monica's mom is coming out from the house to see what happens and what Gus told her and suggested her go back inside. It was hilarious!

The scene of Hazel climbing the stairs at Anne Frank's museum in Amsterdam. I was thinking oh no, not another set of stairs, will she make it? And the same time you heard bits and pieces from Anne Frank's diary which suited perfectly to the settings and to the story... And when Hazel finally makes it to the top floor. I think I hold my breath during the whole scene. And the kiss... You have to see the movie to understand it.

The scene in Amsterdam, where Gus and Hazel during their walk in Amsterdam, are sitting on the bench and when Gus tells Hazel, that it's back. I wept. I literally cried in the dark movie theater. The impressions what Gus and Hazel had on their faces were so painful to watch, so it touched me very deeply. I felt sorrow for them. I mourned with them. It was simply beautiful and so very sad.

The scene in the church where Gus is asking Isaac and Hazel to read their prepared eulogies. It was heart-wrenching.

Generally:

The Fault In Our Stars is a perfectly made drama and love story. It's also one of the best page-to-screen adaptions I have ever seen and the book lovers won't be disappointed. The movie is very true to the book. I loved it!

5 Flowers!

5 stars of 5
(10 out of 10 in IMDB)

Thanks goes to Solaris Kino for delivering the tissues!

Happy reading and happy movie watching!


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