I was excited to attend an early screening of the film during The Night Before Our Stars. As expected, the theatre was packed, buzzing with enthusiastic attendees. Entering the theatre, I was given an autographed poster, and TFIOS charm bracelet—lovely keepsakes to remember the night by. As I settled into my seat, the preshow was looping The Night Before Our Stars event which entailed a Q&A session after the film with John Green, the cast, director, and producer of the film, as well as live performances by Birdy, and Nat and Alex Wolff—more on that later.
Finally it was 7:30. The lights dimmed. Show time.
So I cried. It was at the first ‘Okay, Okay’ between Hazel and Gus. Once the flood gates were open, they remained open. So, SUCCESS! I reacted appropriately to a sad film—with TEARS. It was a combination of the story and its characters, of course, but also mixed with my personal experiences when I was younger, which made the film relatable to me.
Shailene Woodley who played Hazel was amazing. I thought she was down-to-earth, and exuded a quiet strength. Ansel Elgort who played Augustus Waters was very endearing and likeable. The on-screen chemistry between Ansel and Shailene was remarkable—I fell in love with their love. I will admit that the first time I saw these two on screen, I only saw the actors Shailene and Ansel, but as the film progressed, and I witnessed their relationship take root, the actors melted away, and Hazel and Gus shined through. It was wonderful.
The flow of the film was fantastic—I was engaged from the beginning till the end. Like I said, there was crying, even at the un-sad parts. But the tone of the film wasn’t all sadness. Like the book, it provoked many moments of smiles and laughter. I didn’t read the book prior to watching the film because I didn’t want to closely compare the two together, and as a result, I think it gave me a better movie-going experience. I will say that I was hoping the Gus/car scene was longer. Ansel did a spot on job of capturing that heart-wrentching, and painful scene, but I wanted more…just more.
My favourite scenes:
• Oblivion is inevitable
• first Okay Okay
• the sad swing set
• Gus’ first experience on an airplane
• Egging the ex’s car
• Picnics with the skeleton
• the eulogy
• the end
With all of that being said, I give the film, The Fault in Our Stars, 5/5.
It’s the result of excellent casting, moving performances, awesome screenwriting, great soundtrack, and TLC that made The Fault in Our Stars film thought-provoking, rememberable, and wonderfully faithful to the book. Could I re-watch this film again and again? I think so, just give me a minute…
As for the Q&A and live performances, short story: it was a lot of fun! I think John Green stole the show. I particularly loved his response to “how do you feel about killing off your characters?’. I thought the cast was very thoughtful in their responses, and the live performances by Birdy, and Nat and Alex Wolff were spectacular. There were slight technical difficulties with the Wolff bros, but they played through it like pros. Hey, that kind of rhymes. Heh.
Anyways, go watch the movie. Bring tissues.