A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of watching The Fault in Our Stars. I’ve been looking forward to this movie, though I was terrified because of all of the hype it was getting John Green, author of the book, proclaimed early on that the movie was fantastic, but I didn’t know if he was simply being biased about it. People were getting crazy in anticipation of this. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved the book, but because I’ve been disappointed by so many adaptations I try not to get up my excitement too far in advance. Actually, I usually tell myself it’ll be terrible so then I’ll be pleasantly surprised when the film is even slightly better than that.
Thankfully TFIOS kept in so much of the book. Even though my favorite scene is where the little girl comes up to Hazel Grace and asks about her canulla, which wasn’t added to the movie. I do think that some of the things I really enjoyed about the book didn’t translate well to the big screen. John Green’s writing is really hit or miss for me and a lot of his stuff is very big on metaphor and pretentious pronouncements. These seemed quirky or fun in the book and made me feel very awkward and disappointed, as they were presented in the movie. I think with a little tweaking it would have come off less abrasive and more romantic and fun.
One thing I remember disliking about the movie was one scene, I think when Gus and Hazel were first meeting, and Gus stared at her for a very unnecessary length of time. The movie kept cutting back to him and his little smirk and all I could think about was how douchbag-y he looked. I actually started laughing while I remember my friend sitting beside me was acting like it was the sweetest meeting ever. No. It was creepy and very unnecessary.
Gus wasn’t Gus to me. But eventually he won me over. As soon as he was cast I had my doubts, though I think he did pretty well with the character throughout the movie. I don’t think I’m as impressed as some people will be; I didn’t hate the performance, nor not I love it with all my heart. Actually, I think I enjoyed the supported actors and actresses a lot more than I did the leads, particularly Hazel’s mother and Isaac.
Would I recommend this movie? Yes. Will I watch it again? Maybe. I think that this was a really well-done movie that didn’t butcher the book but lacked a certain spark of something to make me absolutely love the movie. I’ll adore the book and read it again and again. The movie, I’m glad that I watched and had that experience, but it wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever seen.
Have you seen the film? What do you think?