THE FAULT IN OUR STARS | MOVIE REVIEW

So sorry we are late with this review, 20th Century Fox keeps having issues with their media list and we keep disappearing off it – I don’t think they like us for some rerason, only distributor in the country it happens with and for some reason, despite multiple messages and emails they fail to communicate a response. Oh well, we just have to market their films later than everyone elses. BUT – now my whine is over, we finally got to catch the film after release and Kernel Dara shares her thoughts below. I keep putting off going to see the film, I cry in trailers, I sob watching Teen Wolf for crying out loud so can you imagine me in this film?? I might have to wait until DVD for myself, but like Dara and the rest of the world, you can and should see this now. It is out in cinemas, is rated M and runs for 126mins. Enjoy Lady D’s review………all the best……..JK.

 

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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER

 

REVIEW BY DARA SHASHOUA

Every couple of years a small independant movie comes along that affects you to your core, it beats out all of the superhero, YA novel adaptations, sequels and terrible Adam Sandler films to become an instant classic. In America it has made over four times its budget, I am assuming that these figures will only rise significantly as the film releases worldwide.

John Green’s novel, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS was published in 2012 and had already achieved cult status, so it was only natural that the book be turned into a film. Dealing with the big C (cancer) in young adults it’s a realistic yet romantic look at young lives that may never become old lives. It’s about the fears, the reality, the depression, the ecstasy and dealing with the possibility of what could happen. It’s also about first love, and how deeply this is felt, especially by those in this dire situation.

 

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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | HAZEL (SHAILENE WOODLEY) & GUS (ANSEL ELGORT)

 

Shailene Woodley plays 16 year old Hazel Grace who has been struggling with cancer since she was diagnosed at 13. At the urge of her mother Frannie (Laura Dern) and her doctor she joins a teenage cancer support group. Reluctantly, she attends her first meeting which is full of Christian rantings, songs and a latch hook mat of Jesus, not really hazel’s scene at all. Ever since her diagnosis Hazel has been obsessed with one novel, An Imperial Affliction, written by the author Van Houten (Willem Dafoe). Hazel has spent a lot of time rereading this novel, as she believes that it’s the only account she’s read of living with cancer that matches her experience. The novel finishes mid sentence and she had always wanted to know what the ending was.

At her parents insistence she heads to a second meeting, it is here that she meets Isaac (Nat Wolf) who had already lost an eye to ocular cancer and his best mate Augustus (Ansel Engelfort) who had lost a leg to bone cancer, but was currently in remission. Augustus is an eternal optimist which is the opposite of Hazel’s reality induced depression. Both Hazel and Augustus share the same sense of humour and form a wonderful bond that eventually turns into a great love. Hazel shares her favourite book, An Imperial Affliction with Augustus and he, in turn, becomes as obsessed with the ending as Hazel is.

 

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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | HAZEL (SHAILENE WOODLEY) & GUS (ANSEL ELGORT)

 

It is about a week later that Augustus reveals that he has been communicating with Van Houten’s assistant. Van Houten is in self imposed exile in Amsterdam and upon receiving an email from Hazel Grace with all of her questions about the book, he invites them both to Amsterdam so that he may answer them in person. Thinking that they could never travel to Amsterdam, Augustus reveals that he had never used his wish from the ‘wish fairies’ and he decides that his wish is for them to go to Amsterdam to meet Van Houten.

After some health issues and subsequent breakdowns Hazel Grace, Augustus and Hazel’s mum Frannie head to Amsterdam together. They meet Van Houten, who is essentially a douche canoe and decide to enjoy their time in Amsterdam regardless. I don’t want to give away any more of the story so you will have to watch it to find out more.

 

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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS | SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | GUS (ANSEL ELGORT)

 

The performance by Shailene Woodley is simply perfection. She handles the role of Hazel with grace and dignity. It will be interesting to see if she is recognised around awards season for her role. Ansel Engelfort is divine as the floppy haired, sarcastic and optimistic Augustus. I think that director Josh Boone, along with the author John Greene have been able to create a beautiful film about love that just so happens to have both of the protagonists suffering from cancer. Be warned – you will laugh, then you’ll cry. You’ll laugh a bit more then cry again. It’s a virtual emotional rollercoaster, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

 

4 and a Half Pops