The Fault in Our Stars Movie Review

By Julia Brantley

I usually have thousands of comments, remarks, even comebacks on every book or movie that I have read or seen in my life. But, I must say, without any type of advertisement or nudge to say so, that this is by far the only movie that has left me with nothing but repetitive thoughts that circle through my mind like a rodeo circus. Trying to explain what all of them mean would be complete idiocy on my part.

Although, I will say that this book/movie definitely had what I like to call the “three I’s”, importance, insight, and also intellect. Every word from a book does not make it to the screen; and Scott Neustader and Michael E. Weber picked all the right words and scenes from John Green’s book. Every word spoken in this movie had the most absolute meaning and sincerity without a doubt. My reasoning’s would be: Importance- this movie shows the importance of hanging on to absolutely everything that you want even if it falls and you fall with it because the journey was worth it. Insight- in every event, text message, journey, and metaphor they went through, they knew the outcome of and i think that goes back to importance. Intellect- hormonal comments aside, this book/movie presents intelligence, both in maturity and vocabulary for a young adult novel/ PG 13- movie.

The casting of Sheilene Woodley as Hazel; and Ansel Elgort as Augustus, by writer John Green and director Josh Boone, created the chemistry it took to make the audience really feel connected. For 2 hours and 16 minutes, I was in Indiana and Amsterdam with them, feeling every word spoken and even every breath taken. This cast brought the story to reality for me in an even stronger way than I had imagined. If you decide to pursue seeing this movie, I suggest you bring a tissue box. Kudos to each and every character for pulling off cancer or even dealing with someone with cancer and making it real. And Willem Defoe, as Peter Van Houten, made me actually think he was a cruel person but in the end, make me realize that it was just an emotional wall that he had put up. Later, he let me realize what a decent person he could be. Nat Wolff, pulling off being blind, made me feel as though I too, was losing my best friend.

This movie was the enemy of ignorance towards everything. This story showed complete elegance which is the best attitude to put out there. And in those “three I’s” as mentioned before, there was a little string that pulled the whole thing together called a reality check, constantly given in this book/movie.And as the character of Augustus Waters wanted to leave a mark on this world, I believe he did, on many people. My personal favorite part (on which I’m sure most people would agree with me) would have to be “all of it”; because without every piece, this story would be a broken puzzle impossible to put together. If movies could receive a 1 million star rating, I think this one would exceed that.

P.S.- R.I.P Patrick’s testicles and every teenage girl’s broken heart.

Julia Brantley is 13 years old; and the Junior Photo-Journalist for the Dallas Entertainment Journal

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