The Fault in Our Stars
Charming and humorous, The Fault in Our Stars will predictably make you cry
Let’s cut straight the the case. The Fault in Our Stars is about 2 kids with cancer. Cue the tears. Directed by Josh Boone, the film follows John Green’s best-selling novel to a tee, including it’s dark humor, young love, and propensity to make you weep — not just shed a tear or two, but full-on bawl your eyes out.
The Fault in Our Stars is narrated by witty 16-year-old Hazel Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 13. Despite her terminal prognosis, she focuses on living with the disease rather than dying from it. Enter, Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) who “had a touch of osteosarcoma a year and a half ago.” As their romance blossoms, you find yourself denying the fact that they both suffer from terminal illness so there is very little chance the narrative will unlikely allow the happiness to last too long.
Woodley captures Hazels raw humanity beautifully and seems to embody her realistic, albeit dark, worldview. While Hazel’s relationship with Gus sometimes feels implausible, I don’t believe that the actors are at fault but rather the film as a whole.
While the premise makes for a predictable story, you cannot accuse the film of being heavy-handed. While, on the surface, The Fault in Our Stars is about cancer, at it’s core, it grapples with death and how one works through loss and grief. Focusing more on Hazel and Gus’s humanity than their disease, the film doesn’t dive deeply into the messy hospital visits, chemo treatments, and family tears that often accompany cancer, but rather focuses on the big issues of life, death and love.
The Fault in Our Stars has enough charm and humor to attract a wide audience and despite it’s predictability, the film is a beautiful (and heart-wrenching) adaptation of the beloved book and well worth your time.