By Ryan Hawbecker


The Fault in Our Stars is directed by Josh Boone and stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern Sam Trammell and Willem Dafoe. It is based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The story is about sixteen year old Hazel and she has cancer. She is forced to go to a support group and at one of the meetings meets Augustus Waters and they fall in love. I read the book earlier this year and loved it. It has become my favorite book I have ever read. So, I had pretty high expectations going into the movie.

This is a fantastic film, Shailene Woodley is one of my favorite actresses and she does a terrific job playing the character Hazel. This is as of right now my favorite performance of the year. She has amazing chemistry with Ansel Elgort the scenes with the two of them are a lot of fun. It was a very believable romance and most importantly never felt forced. I loved seeing how happy they made each other. She also does a great job with the emotional scenes and had me tearing up a few times. She should definitely be nominated for Best Actress come Oscar time. Ansel Elgort was also great as Augustus Waters. I liked how much he cared about Hazel. The most difficult scene to watch took place at a gas station. He does an amazing job in that scene and I don’t think it would have been the same with another actor.

Nat Wolff as Isaac is great his character was very funny even though he had some pretty tough situations to deal with. Sam Trammell and Laura Dern are very enjoyable as Hazel’s parents. I like that the parents had a lot to do in the story and weren’t given a small roles like in most movies like this. Two of the most emotional scenes involve them, one is where Hazel thinks that they will just sit around and do nothing after she is gone. The other takes place between Hazel and her dad in her bedroom towards the end of the film. William Defoe was great in the few scenes he has, he played Peter Van Houten, he is the author of “An Imperial Affliction”, he has become a drunk and angry man, by the end of the film though you do realize why he is the way he is.

The script was wonderful, like I mentioned it was based off of John Green’s book and this is as close to accurate as it gets for a book to movie adaption. There are a lot of funny moments, then when the story takes a turn for the worst it really gets to you. The Fault in Our Stars is a very special film and one that I hope a lot of people will take the time and watch. It is easily my favorite film of the year. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

Rating: 5/5

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