The Fault in Our Stars, a film based on the best-selling novel by John Green, is a romantic tragedy that will have you crying your eyes out. While some would call it a “cliché” love story, I would call it a brilliantly inspirational story. The Fault in Our Stars evolves around the journey of two teenagers, Hazel Grace Lancaster, played by Shailene Woodley, and Augustus Waters, played by Ansel Elgort, diagnosed with cancer. They meet at a support group where their love story begins, as they choose to overlook the fact that they have cancer.
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort were both excellent portrayals of Green’s witty characters. The acting was so authentic and compelling that you would feel as if the actors actually became the characters. Also, the chemistry between Woodley and Elgort was astonishing; they so naturally made the love story between Hazel and Augustus look real and profound.
Thanks to John Green and the talented Hazel and Augustus, The Fault in Our Stars has become an addiction to some teenagers, such as myself. That’s the thing about this film; you don’t have to have cancer for it to be relatable as it puts to display different empathetic issues throughout an almost-perfect love story.
Hazel and Augustus’s characters are both so admirable; Hazel is an intelligent and humorous young lady, and Augustus is a handsome and spontaneous young man. The dialogue as well was truly impressive and intelligent. For instance, when Augustus expresses his love to Hazel in Amsterdam: “I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and I am in love with you”. The dialogue throughout the entirety of the movie highlights their passionate and exhilarating love story; it gives them strength and more importantly, hope.
Moving on, the film’s cinematography was extremely pleasant and convenient. For example, placing the text messages between the two protagonists as a graphic on the screen was a great idea. Not to mention the setting of the entire film, from America to the Netherlands, it was beautiful and definitely helped emphasize the optimistic atmosphere of the film and its genre.
In addition, the soundtrack was marvelous and fit the film perfectly. For instance, playing Charlie XCX’s ‘Boom Clap’ as they arrive to Amsterdam indicates a buoyant tone in the middle of the film. Plus, Birdy’s ‘Not About Angels’ by the end emphasizes the tragedy and thus, the audience’s emotions. Also, closing the movie with Ed Sheeran’s ‘All of the Stars’ was a smart finale.
To conclude, I think The Fault in Our Stars is worth every second. It is humorous at some parts and heartbreaking at others. If you haven’t watched it, you are absolutely missing out.