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.