“The Fault in Our Stars”: Review
“The Fault in Our Stars,” based on the novel of the same name by John Green, was both gut-wrenchingly depressing and hilariously compelling at the same time. Every moment that made my eyes well with tears was matched by a moment equally as funny. Nat Wolff, who played Isaac, the blind best friend of main characters Hazel and Augustus,was continually the source of this comic relief.
My only real problem with the movie was the sheer amount of direct quotes from the book included in it. The quotes from the book were certainly worthy of inclusion in the movie, but fans like me, who recognized the quotes themselves, quickly realized the extreme lack of creativity employed by the movie’s screenwriters in coming up with the script.
Despite this, though, I found myself shedding a few tears as my favorite lines made their ways onto the big screen. This was due in part to their delivery. The leads, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, did their part to portray characters with a depth unparalleled in any of their previous roles. They had an immense amount of chemistry, and their performances were truly extraordinary. They breathed life into the book that topped the New York Times bestseller’s list just three short years ago.
Watching this movie on opening night came with a sense of camaraderie, and the shared angst of several hundred other crying teenage girls. And that’s the thing about “The Fault in Our Stars,” it demands to be felt.