I set out with this blog with the main intention to review new and current films. However, I have recently signed up for my 5th Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK and have decided to use this opportunity to review a very special film to me which helps us to deal with the permanent effects of Cancer. The Fault in Our Stars (2014).
Being a complete lover of John Green and his writing for many years, when it was first announced The Fault in Our Stars (2014) was becoming a movie I was in eager anticipation to meet both Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) on screen. Knowing how beautifully the story was written and presented in the book I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little worried about how this film would turn out. At first I thought Hollywood would dig in their fingernails, change the storyline and make it more ‘child’ friendly. However, this was not the case.
The title ‘The Fault in our Stars’ when related back to Shakespeare really defines Hazel‘s feelings towards her life and her cancer;
Cassius: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141), William Shakespeare
Meaning, it is not fate that determines our lives, it is human nature. Hazel‘s life will be shortened by Cancer, and she must live it now while she can. This is how Gus interprets life when he reads Hazel‘s ‘Imperial Affliction’, life can be taken away at any moment, so live it while you can.
Hazel and Gus were characters true to the book with the same heart and soul interpreted whilst reading. With such a strong focus on the illness of Cancer and the pain it causes, not only for those diagnosed but the family surrounding them this film became very relatable for all audience members.
We have seen Shailene Woodley across both TV and film specialising in drama/comedy/action genres, none of which are relatable to the character of Hazel. The role came to her with what seemed to be great ease and perfection. She was everything I had imagined personally when reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and this also is said for Ansel Elgort.
This film is a real tear-jerker and I always have to second guess myself when I reach for the DVD to wonder if I am really prepared for an hour or two of uncontrollable tears. And the answer is always yes. For a film and story as beautiful as this- the tears are always worth it.
-That was really good!
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