Movie Review: The Fault in Our Stars

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There are very few if any movies based on books that manage to resonate and keep up with the book, let alone surpass it. However, The Fault in Our Stars seems to be the exception to the rule. I can name a dozen movies over the top of my head where you simply cannot find the essence of the book in the movie. There is always that missing element, and more often than not, it’s the emotion that is missing out. When watching the movie, sometimes you simply cannot feel the feels that you felt when reading the book.

The Fault in Our Stars tells us the unglamorous yet extraordinary story of Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a teenage girl suffering from terminal thyroid cancer which has metastasised into her lungs for the better part of half a decade. Reality shows and books make up most of her days, when her mother suggests that she attend a support group in order to make friends. Little does she know that that is where she shall cross path with Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a young and dynamic personality who suffers from osteosarcoma which has already claimed one of his legs, and her life shall never be the same again.

Woodley delivers a brilliant and unforgettable Hazel Grace, and her large, looming, and penetrating brown eyes will pierce your heart in a way that will have you gasping for breath. Her quite intelligence and train of thought is beyond her years, making you want to take a step back and re-evaluate your life. Elgort seems to be born to play Augustus Waters, and within minutes of appearing on screen, he shall take over your entire being in a way that his suffering will tear through you in the most gut wrenching manner possible.

A piece of advice, when going to watch the movie do stock up on tissue if you don’t want your clothes to be drenched in salty tears. I ran out of the meagre supply I had, and trust me, you don’t want that happening to you. What I loved best about The Fault in Our Stars was that the emotions on screen are palpable in a manner that they ebb out of the screen, make their way past your rib cage and grasp your heart in a manner which makes your heart want to get up behind your eyeballs and flow out in the form of tears.

The Fault in Our Stars makes you realise that the biggest delusion that we live in is that we have time, that we can postpone living life to another day just because we have so many seemingly ‘important’ things to do, when there are so many people around just trying to have a better day today than the last. It’s a jolt that makes you wake up for real and live in the TODAY and NOW. Okay? Okay.

 

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6 Reasons Why Everyone MUST Watch the Show ‘Once Upon a Time’

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When I started watching Once Upon a Time, I was fully prepared for it to be one of those guilty pleasure shows that I would soon tire of and give up on it even before the end of the first season. What with all the fairytale links and pretty princesses, I presumed the show would be one to please the air-headed masses. Alas, I was oh so wrong. Till date, Once Upon a Time is one of the most inspiring, teaching, and well-depicted show I’ve ever come across. If there was ever a show that reminded you of your childhood and yet gave you a dose of reality in an in-your-face manner, then this is it! Here are some of the reasons I think this show MUST be watched EVERYONE who is human; hell, even get your dog to watch it, if possible!

Strong Female Characters: When you hear that this show is a cross between fairytales and the real world, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that there would be cute little princesses, with innocent, docile smiles, and a demure attitude. Well you thought wrong! All, I repeat, all the female characters in Once Upon a Time are not in the least bit docile. If I had a penny for all the times Snow White saved Prince Charming’s nether regions, I would be a rich gal indeed! And its not just Snow, its every woman on the show, they just wont sit around in their ivory towers waiting for princes to rescue them. Instead, they fight, for themselves, for people they care for, for the general good for everyone; sometimes even to serve themselves, but what’s a good story without a good old-fashioned villain, right?! Its such a strong message for all the girls and women out there, to take charge of their own lives, and to all the people who say Disney princesses set a bad example, go home! 

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Real-life Lessons in the Fairytale World: Once Upon a Time is full of invaluable lessons that make so much sense even when applied to our real world. If you only open your eyes and ears, there is so much that you could learn. Its a show you can watch with your kids without having to endure explicit and unsuitable scenes. The most important thing I have picked up from this show is that good intensions don’t always make for good results. Sometimes, even when you have the purest of intent in your heart, you could end up doing immeasurable harm to someone, without meaning to. 

Parenting 101: There are some interesting takes on parenting in the show- it depicts how kids tend to bring out the best in their parents, even when the entire world has given up on them. Its about teaching your kids the importance of being their own person, even when society, media, and the entire world says otherwise. And sometimes, your kids can make you aware of things that you had no idea you were capable of. 

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Round Characters: In literature, the term ‘round characters’ means characters who start off with a specific personality, and then change as the story proceeds, influenced by circumstances. Here, characters like the Evil Queen who is inherently bad, and spiteful, along with Rumpelstiltskin, who is equally cunning and manipulative, change for the better, owing to a number of factors. There is a sliver of good, however tiny, in everyone if only we attempt to find it. Despite all the things that once went wrong, all we need at the end of the day is someone willing to bring that sliver out and turn it into a full-blown rainbow of goodness.

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Hope and Cynicism Wrapped Up in a Neat Lil’ Bow: Just because the show is all about fairytales and magic, doesn’t mean that its always hunky dory. The characters have real problems, and experience times of despair that make it so much more relatable, that you will surely find at least one character who’s experiences you will associate with. This keeps things real and so much more interesting than it would have if it was always sunshine and daises all year long.

Brilliant Plot, Casting, and Sets: Once Upon a Time brings back to life all the fairytales that you once adored, with style! The casting is so brilliant, it seems like the entire universe conspired to bring these amazing people together in this enigmatic show to portray their respective characters. Its an absolute pleasure to watch the Enchanted Forest and Storybrook so carefully created, keeping the tiniest details in mind.

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Doctor Who Life Lessons

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Yeah, I know I have been going on about how Doctor Who changed my life; but does one really ever stop? Nah, cos once the Doctor enters your life, there is no end to the number of marvellous things that you can learn from him. However, there are some things that get seared onto your mind so much so that they become your guideline for life. Here are some of the things that I have learnt from the Doctor and the show.

Growing up is no fun if you can’t act childish sometimes. Yeah, that’s true, cos being all grown up and serious all the time is no fun at all. You will probably die with a permanent frown on your forehead. The Doctor has lived for over a thousand years and yet he has a glimmer of child-like innocence and enthusiasm in him that is so lovable and necessary; necessary because if he didn’t have that his long life and all the things that he had seen would have made him a very old and bitter man. So don’t be old and boring and bitter, be spectacular like the Doctor.

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Change is the only constant in life. The whole premise of Doctor Who revolves around the concept of change, and yes, I agree, most Whovians do not adapt to change easily, but can you blame them? Wouldn’t it rip your heart apart when you come to love a Doctor, or rather a version of the Doctor and then he leaves and regenerates into someone entirely different? Well, let’s leave that discussion to another rainy day, what I am trying to say is that change is all around us, we only have to be accepting. We are changing, people around us change, and we have to accept that if we wish to be happy.

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Everything has its time and everything ends. Yes, this is one of the saddest things in all of time and space, and yet the ultimate truth. Old things must end and make way for new ones, be it a relationship, a phase in life, even the life of the Doctor, it all eventually ends. Nothing goes on forever, it is more of a ‘till it lasts’. Time can be rewritten, but not all of it, not the fixed times, and not the end.

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Goodbyes are important. I say this not just as something that I learnt from the 10th Doctor who burnt up the sun just to say goodbye to Rose Tyler (bitch please, that was adorable), but because I personally know how gut wrenching it can be when someone you love and adore with all your heart and soul just leaves without having the decency to utter a simple ‘goodbye’. It may not rip a hole in the universe, but it sure as hell rips a hole in the core of that person’s soul, and you can’t have that on your conscience, can you?

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Being weird is really a good thing. Yeah, all the bowties and the Stetsons and the suspenders and the long coats may seem like the thing of the past, but not really. These quirks and eccentric behaviour is what makes you different from all the millions of humans who behave more like clones of the Cybermen, what with their same old boring rules and their constant need to ‘fit in’. Name one person who is well loved and well known, and is not unique or weird is one way or another. There is none.

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