Maverick EMMA SHI reviews the movie adaptation of the much-anticipated The Fault In Our Stars.
It's a film that has been hyped up for months and months, filling up social media. And now it's finally here: the film adaptation of John Green's novel, The Fault In Our Stars.
It’s a story that portrays the struggles of cancer through the two main characters, Augustus and Hazel, in a way that is poignant and moving. And since its book release in 2012, it’s a story that's been tugging at the hearts of readers. Armed with tissues and chocolate, my friends and I were a few of the many who walked into the movie theatre, excited to a book that we'd read and loved.
But we shouldn’t have worried about how it would turn out. The acting was simply perfect. At first, I wasn't too sure about Ansel Elgort playing Gus, after seeing his performance in Divergent, which I didn’t feel was too great. But along with Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace, he brought an energy that was so genuine. Both actors injected personality and flair into characters that were originally just words on paper.
The Fault In Our Stars is, at heart, a bittersweet story. It has moments where you’ll laugh out loud, but also moments where you’ll feel like your heart has been ripped to shreds. There were scenes that left me in tears and I definitely wasn't the only one in the theatre who felt that way. Additionally, the amazing soundtrack that features songs by Birdy and Ed Sheeran creates a lovely musical backdrop for the movie.
Overall, it's beautiful story that has been adapted wonderfully for film. Some of the dialogue was quoted word for word from the book, and although several choice scenes were also left out, it did not fail to successfully carry the core of the story. Plus, it also now holds the title as my favourite book-to-movie adaptation.
Although I'd recommend reading the book before watching the movie, it's a film that has been adapted in such a way that it can stand on its own as a worthy story. The Fault In Our Stars is a novel that has been tugging at the hearts of readers and it looks like it’ll be doing that for a long while more, now not only through ink and paper, but also through movie screens.