Towards the end of last year everyone was raving about a book called “The Fault In Our Stars”, and as I have a massive case of FOMO, I wanted to read for myself what all the fuss was about. It took me a little while to get into it, but once I had time to truly immerse myself into the world of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, I could not get out of it. I took it to work to read on my lunch breaks and would sit in the office quietly sobbing whilst reading the brilliant work of John Green.
As you can imagine, I was beyond excited when I heard the novel would be turned into a movie, and was pleased to learn the stars were relatively unknown (a great article about Shailene Woodley, and her passion to be cast as Hazel). Originally, Armidale’s cinema was going to release the film on the 19 June (two weeks after everywhere else!), when we would be in Hawaii, but due to the popularity and demand from fans, they brought it forward a week. (Insert cheers from me!)
So, last night, I made Prudence come and see it with me. She hasn’t read the book, so I just told her it was about two teenagers living with cancer (insert memories from A Walk To Remember) and armed with our coffees (yes, we do take coffees to 7:30pm movie sessions #addicts), popcorn and Armidale’s tween population, we commenced the emotional roller coaster ride (cliché, I know) of TFIOS. Oh, and let’s just say Prudence wasn’t too pleased with me for not disclosing the true facts about the film. It’s still a touchy subject.
I still can’t get over how much I loved it. It’s the best cinematic adaptation of a book, that I’ve ever seen, besides of course, To Kill A Mockingbird, where Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch is reason alone to love it. It goes to show how the author’s input into a movie can make it THAT much better, as was the case of John Green and TFIOS. Everything in TFIOS was how I imagined it to be. Except, Hazel’s phone. For some reason, I pictured it to be an old Nokia or Samsung, but everything else was spot on. I don’t think they could have cast the characters any better, either. Laura Dern as Mrs. Lancaster was perfect. Heartbreaking to watch, but perfect.
5 out of 5 stars for me.
Brilliant, funny, clever, heartbreaking, raw, honest, devastating and beautiful.
Have you seen The Fault In Our Stars? Cry like a baby?