Movie Review: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

“The Fault in Our Stars” is a movie to add to your “must see” list.

The movie is based on John Green’s novel by the same name and is widely accepted by audiences who have read the book and those who have not.

The film features “Divergent” star Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters, more commonly referred to as Gus. Their performance in “Divergent” as brother and sister added to the chemistry seen on screen, as Hazel and Gus’ romantic drama unfolds.

In relation to the book, minor characters are portrayed differently in the movie. Gus’ blond friend, Isaac, is played by dark haired Nat Wolff, and a few of Hazel’s narrations have been unexpectedly cut from the film.

A majority of audiences were so smitten with Woodley and Elgort that they wouldn’t have wanted the characters cast any other way.

“Spiderman” star Willem Dafoe was well cast as Van Houten, the author Hazel is anxious to interview regarding her favorite book, “Imperial Affliction.” Dafoe has a way with rising to the role of dismal characters. In “Spiderman,” Dafoe’s performance as the Green Goblin was phenomenal. It was this villainous persona that made Dafoe a great addition to the film. From his expressions to his raspy voice, Dafoe brought the jaded Van Houten to life.

There will be tears when watching this movie. Although Hazel and Gus are able to find comfort within their similar senses of humor and friendships, this movie is about the heart wrenching topic of death. Its unique approach allows for use of satire toward the unknown and leaves plenty of room for laughter, too.

The film is rated PG-13, which is the same rating the book would receive, so props for consistency.

The creative direction of Josh Boone adds another element to make the film spectacular. Boone brings this film to life, and, unlike a lot of the movies released in the past few years, “The Fault in Our Stars” deals with real issues besides whether vampires are better than werewolves. Even in the ending bloopers, the relationship between Hazel and Gus is normal and looks easy to capture. Every scene is spot on and catches the right expressions and angles at the right time.

The film adequately captures the discriminatory nature of cancer and all of the hopes and doubts that come along with it. Besides its dramatic nature, the film is also a comedy. Some would call it comic relief. The movie offers a fresh perspective on death and oblivion, making for an interesting dialogue.

After you’re finished with those pesky exams, pick up a copy of “The Fault in Our Stars” that came out September 16.

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