I should first start this post out by apologizing for taking half of forever to get this review posted. In my defense, I didn’t think that I would get a chance to watch this movie until it came out on DVD because absolutely no one wanted to go see it in theaters with me. Thankfully, my mom surprised me for my graduation by taking me to go see it, although she made it clear it was very much against her will. She doesn’t do so well with sad movies.
So I went strolling into the theater with my tissues in hand (Yes, I came prepared) hoping beyond hope that they didn’t butcher this movie like they did with some of the Twilight movies. It’s always rather nerve wracking when one goes to see a book to movie adaptation. For the most part the books are always better, and I had read this one for the first time only a couple months ago. Yes, I know, I made the fatal mistake of going into this movie with a fresh read.
Before I get into the movie itself, I just HAVE to tell you all what happened when we got to the theater because I have no one else who will truly appreciate how horrific this was to me. Be warned that you only want to read this paragraph if you have watched the movie or want spoilers (MAJOR spoilers.) So I’m up at the ticket booth purchasing our tickets and I start to talk to the lady about the movie. Basically, I just wanted to know if she had watched it and liked it. And of course, being the loyal theater worker that she is, she hadn’t watched it LOL. She also hadn’t read the book. Apparently, though, she had talked to other people who had watched the movie or read the book..whatever. Well, I had already stated that my mom had not read the book. She had no idea what was going to happen and I refused to ruin it for her. So what does the theater lady say? Theater lady: “I was honestly shocked. I really thought it was going to be her who died at the end of the movie!” ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! SERIOUSLY? THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO SAY? REALLY?!?!?!?! AND THEN she got attitude with ME for saying “nonononnononono! She hasn’t….read the book!” And her reply? “Oh come on, neither have I. This is a movie about kids with cancer. You honestly thought no one was going to die?” …………………………..I was speechless. Utterly speechless. I could have jumped across that ticket booth and clawed her freaking eyes out. I was livid. And I’m sitting here whispering this in my best Lord of the Rings Precious voice because I’m getting that much pissed off all over again, which is why this paragraph is so freaking long. God bless you if you’ve actually stuck with my rambling for this long. But yeah, that’s what happened. Good thing my mom didn’t care much about having the ending spoiled for her. THANKS, THEATER LADY!
Spoilers are over. Continue below to read about the book!
As for the movie? IT WAS AWESOME! Probably the best book to movie adaptation that I have ever watched.
The acting in The Fault in Our Stars was beyond amazing. I honestly don’t know who I loved more, Hazel or Gus. If you were to ask my mom, she would say Gus. A part of me agrees because WOW can that boy act. On the other hand, Shailene Woodley broke my into several pieces. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t expect good acting from either one of them. They are now two of my favorite actors.
If you are a die hard fan of the book, then I don’t think you’re going to be disappointed. For the most part, the movie stays pretty in line with the book. There are even some direct quotes taken from the book. There are some scenes that are a little different or that got chopped down a bit. You’ll notice those scenes when they happen, but they didn’t upset me at all. They weren’t super important scenes, they were just kind of long, unimportant scenes that they edited a bit for time. Honestly, if it’s been awhile since you’ve read the book, then you might not even notice. It was a really well done adaptation.
Someone asked me if the movie was as good as the book, and I’ve found that this is actually a really tough question for me. First off, I only rated the book 4 stars. There are die hard fans out there who consider The Fault in Our Stars to be their all time favorite book. EVER. As for me, I can’t stress how much I adored the movie, so I’m finding myself with mixed emotions. Here’s my response: I cried more in the book than in the movie. I cried my eyes out over the movie, but I BAWLED over the book. On the other hand, there’s a big section of the book that I found super boring, but I loved that section in the movie. So, for me, I probably consider them to be about equal with different highlights for both. I will rewatch the movie a million times. In fact, I’m going to buy it as soon as it comes out on DVD. However, I cannot see myself putting myself through the emotional trauma of the book again.
500 stars. 5,000 stars. Hell, I’ll even give it one million stars. This is one of my new favorite movies. I can’t wait to buy it. GO AND WATCH IT.
And don’t forget to bring your own box of tissues! Trust me on that one.