The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Critic Consensus: Wise, funny, and heartbreaking without resorting to exploitation, The Fault In Our Stars does right by its bestselling source material.
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The Fault In Our Stars could indeed become this generation's Love Story -- mildly implausible, but genuinely moving.
"The Fault in Our Stars" is unabashed in its efforts to make you well up, but the tears come from a real place.
The film has enough charm and humor to keep it appealing to a wide audience, and dumbing things down doesn't feel particularly smart or canny, and proves to be a minor distraction to an otherwise majorly entertaining feature.
Far from the shameless emotional pummeling it might have been, this adaptation of John Green's cherished YA cancer drama finds a conduit to earned, understated tears -- a tricky accomplishment given the material.
"The Fault in Our Stars" may not show the true messiness of cancer, but it does grapple with death and the ability to survive great loss. Maybe that's enough truth for one movie.
Led by the unforgettable work from a young actress who's among the best of her generation, "The Fault in Our Stars" is a lovely work.
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I will not lie to you: I cried a lot during this film. While I had been strong, and not cried when reading the book, I was a puddle when actually faced with a film that deals with the mortality of our two romantic leads: Hazel (Woodley) and Gus (Elgort). I loved their chemistry, the sweetness of their exchanges, and the stakes set up by their illnesses and friendship. It was sad to see some of the intimate and unique characteristics of the characters omitted from this adaptation, making the characters more one dimensional. Otherwise, I could still connect with the characters in this film even without making them so exceptional, mostly because Woodley and Elgort are so likable and sweet as the star crossed lovers. In this film it's easy to care about the stakes of their relationship, as well as their mortality. True to the book this film is unflinching in its characterization of people with cancer, and shows the true darkness of fighting something that you really have no control over. It's a rather sad, and unconventionally dire story, but one that is worth telling, and does justice to all those living with cancer and in love.
The book was better. Something in the casting of this felt off to me. Not that the cast do a bad job, they do their best with it, but to look at, it did not feel like Hazel and Gus to me. Maybe if I hadn't read the book it would have bothered me less. Actually the movie depressed me in a way the book didn't. Yet I didn't feel sad or emotional at all about the characters. I was kind of torn. The movie is adequately done enough to want to sit and watch it all the way through, but I sure was counting the minutes till it would be over. I don't think I will be rewatching this one. Laura Dern does put in a really good performance as the mum.
A sugarcoated sad story, if at all, no matter what it claims at the very beginning. Not necessarily a bad one, though. It's just they mess it up at one too many places that doesn't help it in being either a praiseworthy tearjerker or a thorough light-hearted entertainer. Nevertheless, the performances are top-notch.
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|Gus:||"That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt”|
|Gus:||That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt?|
|Hazel:||I'm so excited I can barely breath!|
|Gus:||As opposed to normal?|
|Van Houten:||Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you care so much about your silly questions?|
|Hazel:||Oh, go fuck yourself.|
|Hazel:||Ok, lungs, you keep your shit together for one week.|
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