I will not begin with apologizing because I feel I’ve been doing that a lot lately since I have been so behind on reviewing but today I break one of my rules in reviewing. I don’t normally like to review films out of order but this is too amazing to pass up. So, though I’m sure you all heard recently my school has endure a frightening tragedy there was something that I have been looking forward to that happened, which is the film department Script to Screen event managed to land an advanced screening of The Fault in Our Stars with director Josh Boone this last Wednesday.
The Fault in Our Stars
Director: Josh Boone
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, William Dafoe, Laura Dern, and Sam Trammell
The Plot: The story of two cancer stricken star crossed lovers.
The Review: I want to say that I think that this is the film that I was most anticipating this year. I read the book and absolutely loved it, cried a lot, but loved it. I was really happy when I found out that it was going to be turned into a movie and even more so with Josh Boone directing (a review on Stuck in Love coming soon) and the writers that they got. I was so happy with the casting also. All this happiness and excitement did also mean that I was a little scared that it was going to be disappointing. Luckily it was beyond my expectation. Ansel and Shailene brought so much emotion and had such great chemistry. They were wonderful as well as Hazel’s parents in the film and William Dafoe, who made me hate Van Houten all over again with the way he played him so perfectly. It was one of the best books to movie adaptions with only part in changed that I won’t discuss because it is a spoiler. After speaking to the director about it I find that I was necessary and well done. Its filmed beautifully and simply with an honest and a good independent film feel. For having such a smaller budget it sure doesn’t look like a small budget film. The costuming is appropriate with some piece as described in the book and the setting were simply and perfect with the exception of Amsterdam, which was heartbreaking to watch and stunningly beautiful. I really loved how they open and closed the film and the soundtrack chosen was just perfectly suited in tone and highlighting scenes. This film truly captured the emotions and feeling of the book with witty and hilarious dialogue that mixed in directed quotes omitting very few of the most popular. I adore how this film was written, I spent half the film crying (started in the Amsterdam scene and didn’t stop till the end, just cried harder) but I want to say over half was spent genuinely laughing and sometime even crying and laughing at the same time. Like I said before Ansel and Shailene made the perfect Augustus and Hazel and their scene like the eulogy scene were just heartbreaking and perfect. With Ansel being just the right balance of charming and pretentious and i fell in love with his character all over again. I cried for Hazel and love her sarcasm throughout. I had too many favorite scenes from the literal heart of Jesus to the dinner scene in Amsterdam. It was an amazingly good film and I absolutely love it and how it turned out. I high recommend it to see.
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ItBvH5J6ss
Until next time,