THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is another film based on a novel–which all, as of recent, have been Amazing so far! And teenagers are reading, letting us in on what’s good. John Green, the author, is brave to talk about cancer. I was afraid to watch THE FAULT IN OUR STARS since cancer seems like it’s everywhere. Foods are contaminated so heavily with sugars, hormones, and other unidentified junk that one cannot pronounce (at least in America) that I wondered if I could easily watch THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and I Am Glad I braved up to see it. Hope you do too 🙂
I sat with an audience of teenage girls, which was awesome for giggles & crying sake, but wished, and wish, more boys and men to see THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. You will be left a better person for doing so, you may even reach a little enlightenment or another chakra level, and definitely appreciate life more, especially if you are a bad person (and you know who you are). 🙂
FYI: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS title is inspired from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar when Cassius says, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” The stars in the movies, btw, live full lives though shortened ones.
Shailene Woodley plays a strong 16 year old Hazel Grace Lancaster, who walks with a portable oxygen tank with a tube to her nose to breathe after developing thyroid cancer which spread to her lungs. She meets amazing Augustus Waters, an amputee, who metaphorically holds a cigarette in his mouth daily without smoking it to NOT give it power, in a cancer support group. It’s a good thing because they exchange views; Augustus (Gus) thinks Hazel Grace shouldn’t concentrate on cancer always and gives her a book to read, and she does the same. Augustus adores Hazel Grace from the onset. Their friendship–filled with laughter, meaning, fun + a fated reality–grows into love while in Amsterdam pursuing the literary meaning to the non-ending of the book Hazel gives Gus to read.
Gus uses his wish granted by a foundation on Hazel to jet to Amsterdam. It’s Gus’s first time on a plane and Hazel is okay to go with her oxygen tank. In Amsterdam, we get an intimate look into Anne Frank’s House and it is in Anne Frank’s house that the couple appropriately + inappropriately share a first kiss and become boyfriend & girlfriend. So cool.
Van Houten is the author of Hazel’s favorite book. He was a mean-spirited, drunk who refused to speak to the children while they traveled to meet him overseas. The children have fun at dinner, dressing up, and they have sex, despite the bad Van Houten. Hazel no longer feels like a “grenade”, or that when she dies that she will hurt Gus. And Gus, a virgin male, who loves Hazel, felt like no girl wanted to have sex with an amputee, but after sex she draws a funny diagram for Gus showing him that he is like guys his age. There were many fun moments and scenes in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.
Gus’s cancer reappears and he has 8 days to live, but Gus happily arranges a pre-funeral for himself, and asks his best friend Issac and Hazel to give eulogies. It’s done so lovingly and respectfully that it isn’t difficult to watch. The three share great times, and tough times.
Gus keeps in touch with Van Houten in an attempt to get closure for Hazel and have him edit her eulogy written by him. Gus Is Love, though he becomes the “grenade”, but they agree there love was worth it. Gus doesn’t leave Hazel.
We learn that Van Houten’s daughter died at 8 years old, which explains his way of living and being. Still, Hazel who is played Amazingly well, keeps telling Van Houten to justly F-OFF because he just is portrayed as creepy, not acting right at special given moments and she is LIVING and he just wasn’t an Amazing adult.
I hope I gave THE FAULT IN OUR STARS justice for being a stellar movie. It’s more than words can describe and ends like a Shakespeare play. Go see it without judgment and let me know what you think 🙂 The chemistry and story are Gr8! Elgort and Woodley work together in Divergent 🙂