Movie: The Fault In Our Stars
Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern
Two teenagers. Cancer patients. A touching love story that ends with the death of the lover boy. The Fault In Our Stars has everything in it to make it an every teen’s favorite. The formula is old- surprise picnics and late night phone calls, but the story comes full of ticks and quirks that give it a tinge of freshness.
In a disease-stricken world of pain, loss and eventual death, Josh Boone (well technically John Green) presents to the audience the bonding of two cancer patients. However, the movie doesn’t quite do justice with the messiness of cancer as much as the book. Though this disease remains the central issue throughout the book, its brutality is pushed to the margins by the cheerful courtship of the lovers.
Hazel’s quest to find out the aftermath of Anna’s death, another cancer patient from a book she is obsessed about, An Imperial Infliction, runs parallel to the storyline. The movie’s visual; dynamics open up in Amsterdam and one can feel the escalating companionship of the star-crossed lovers combined with the scenic beauty. Hazel Grace’s life struggles being compared to that of Anne Frank is a powerful punch delivered by the story.
“I fell in love with him the way you fall asleep,” says Hazel of Gus. “Slowly, and then all at once.”
……“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities”.
With lines like these, you are forced to negate the missteps and forgive the film for its little flaws.
Watch this movie for over-the-mark performance by Woodley and the dream-like charms of Elgort.
Watcher’s alert: Keep a box of tissues around. There is a pretty good chance that you’ll end up with streaming eyes, with your tear ducts exploding like water balloons.