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Movie Review: The Fault in Our Stars

Posted May 19, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Fault_in_our_starsRowena’s review of The Fault in Our Stars.

Hazel and Augustus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they meet and fall in love at a cancer support group.

After reading and loving Divergent, I knew that I was going to read this book in preparation of the movie’s release and I’m not sorry that I did because I cried just as much while watching the movie as I did when I read the book.

This movie was good. There were some differences between the book and the movie but they were good changes, changes that made sense for the movie and changes that I thought worked well.

The casting was fantastic. I thought Ansel Elgort was the perfect Augustus Waters and Shailene Woodley brought Hazel Grace’s character to life wonderfully. I also thought that Nat Wolff made a fantastic Isaac.

Seeing the scenes from the book come to life made me enjoy the movie so much more, and my friend Mulu agreed with me on this because she read the book right before we went to see it and got a lot more out of the movie than she would have, had she not read the book. The whole support group set? Yeah, that was EXACTLY how I pictured it and Patrick? He was exactly how I pictured Patrick to be.

The story of Hazel and Augustus was a beautiful one. A sad one as well but it was beautiful all the same. They’re both victims of cancer, Hazel is on going while Augustus was in remission for a year and a half. They become friends and Augustus makes it clear from the beginning that he likes Hazel. The things that he said to her and the things that he did for her were completely swoon-worthy and Ansel did a wonderful job of delivering each and every scene.

I didn’t make the connection while reading and watching the movie but one thing that my sister Delene brought up was how my sister Helen handled herself like a champ while watching the movie. I mean, it had to have hit home for her since just a few years ago, RJ had osteosarcoma (which was the same thing that Augustus had) and just a few months ago, Kaleo amputated both of his legs (Augustus only got one leg amputated) so she had first hand experience with everything that Augustus went through. And then for the movie/book to end the way that it did? Holy cow. Helen reaches new depths of awesome-ness every day.

There are a whole lot of things that I loved about this movie and not a thing that I can remember not liking so do I recommend this movie? Definitely.

Grade: 5 out of 5

This movie is available from Fox 2000 Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment and TSG Entertainment. I bought this DVD (and saw it in the theaters on my own dime too).

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Guest Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Posted February 16, 2012 by Ames in Reviews | 7 Comments

Ames’ review of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Main Character: Hazel Grace
Love Interest: Augustus Waters
Series: n/a
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Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

I’ve only ever read one other John Green novel and that was his collaboration with David Levithan titled Will Grayson, Will Grayson (which I enjoyed and will probably re-read to write a review one day). I saw a lot of buzz for this book prior to it’s release so I figured hey I’ll check it out. I am ever so glad I did. And I’m pleased as punch to know I have another John Green book in my tbr pile which I will be reading sooner rather than later.

So the Fault In Our Stars made me laugh and it made me cry. It’s about Hazel, a 16 year old girl with cancer. Her mother wants her to get out more so she forces her to go to a support group. Hazel has been going for a while and knows everyone but things change when Isaac brings his friend Augustus to the group. Augustus at first puts Hazel on edge. He just stares at her but he eventually approaches her and they begin hanging out. Augustus is hot stuff and Hazel cannot believe he’s into her. But these two have such a quirky sense of humor and they just get each other. I love Hazel’s inner dialog and that’s what had me cracking up the majority of the time. Augustus is the best guy friend you had in high school that just made things brighter and cooler, you know the one that you’re in love with.

I don’t want to go into what made me cry because that’s a major spoiler. Just knowing that these kids have cancer is enough to clue you in as to what makes you cry. But I definitely recommend this book. There was so much going on. It’s about falling in love, it’s about getting hurt, it’s about dying. I loved the Fault in Our Stars. I now this is one heck of a short review but I can’t say anything, I love it that much. You’re going to have to experience it for yourself.

..and that’s your scoop!

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