So yesterday I went to see the incredible movie of The Fault in Our Stars, or TFIOS for short. It really was amazing and being a fan of the book I had very high expectations. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me fall in love with the characters all over again. So like the Divergent movie review this is going to split into two sections: non-spoilers and spoilers. Okay, so lets go.
Okay so TFIOS is about a 16 year old girl called Hazel Grace Lancaster who suffers from terminal cancer. In a support group meeting she meets 18 year old Augustus Waters who has been in remission for about two years. It follows their journey as they fall in love, slowly and then all at once. I absolutely loved the film. It matched all my expectations from the book and although they cut out some parts it was for a good reason. It really was an incredible film and although it ripped out my heart and destroyed everyone of my feels I really enjoyed it.
Okay so I’m going to start this off by telling you the parts of the book they missed out in the movie so that you’re prepared to not see them in the book talk. They missed out when Hazel goes to the mall and that little girl tries on her cannula. It was in that scene that John Green was going to make his cameo but they cut it out so. They also missed out Hazel’s friend, Augustus family (minus parents) and the selling of the lonely slightly paedophilic swing set. Alright that’s all they missed.
Okay so The Fault in Our Stars movie began with Hazel lying on the ground without her cannula talking about how their story was suppose to be. It flashes through scenes of the movie with Hazel and Gus cancer free and to be honest I was already crying at this part. Then we start the real story. I loved the opening I thought it was so good how it gave you a different view of their lives, of how they were supposed to pan out if the cancer hadn’t consumed them. Then it opens on a support group meeting. I loved the way Hazel zipped through Patrick’s story of how his ball-less-ness and we got the first glimpse of Isaac. In the book he is suppose to be blonde but I never imagined him that way so Nat Wolff for me was the absolute perfect Isaac. Hazel’s voice overs were so great. She added a lot of funny moments to the film which uplifted it a bit from it’s depressive state.
After the support group meeting we cut to a scene at Hazel’s house with her complaining about having to go to support group meetings. Hazel’s parents were really funny and the conversation about the fake ID made me smile. At the end of that scene though Hazel punches herself in the stomach and I have no idea why. It was odd but oh well. Hazel does go to support group which turns out great for her because that is where she (and we) meet Augustus Waters. There meeting scene was so adorable I could barely contain myself. When Augustus walked into the door I think I actually might have died from feels-splosion. Anyway we then see the part with Hazel and Augustus’ staring contest which was adorable as always. Augustus then stands up and does his speech about being part cyborg now and being there for his friend Isaac. I loved the scene after support group when Augustus took out his cigarettes and explained the metaphor behind it. I always thought it was a really awesome metaphor and he explained it really well. I laughed when we saw Isaac touching Monica’s boobs and Hazel goes “oh I’d hate to be that boob”. Shailene Woodley really had Hazel’s spunk. She played her perfectly. I loved hearing Hazel’s cancer story in the car on the way to Augustus’ house but it made me tear up a little because her story actually has happened to people in the past, to children too. I loved the little montage of Hazel waiting for the phone to ring after she leaves Augustus’ house and starts to read Counter-insurgence. It was so cute to see this side of Hazel, the side that we don’t get to see that often. Then when he finally does call Hazel goes round to his house and Isaac is there crying because Monica broke up with him (which I thought was a really cruel move by the way). I loved it when he started to throw the trophies around and it was so cute when he checked with Augustus before breaking another one.
It was so adorable when Augustus read the email from Peter Van Houten to Hazel and she got so excited. It was even more adorable when Hazel was telling Augustus that she spent her wish on Disney World. That part in the book was via text but it was awesome all the same. I loved how in the film when they were texting each other they had a little bubble on the side of the screen that had the message in it. Similarly with emails they had the email appear.
In the next scene Augustus is waiting for Hazel at her door step and it was so amazing that I think I died once again from feels-splosion. He took her to the park to see the funny bones sculpture and it was flat on the floor whereas I imagined it towering in the sky. When he told her about using his wish I felt all of Hazel’s excitement and love towards Augustus.
But then. Hazel got sick. Really sick. Fluid filled her lungs again and I felt the sheer panic her parents were feeling. Then Augustus came to see her. When his shoulders sagged I was reminded of Sully when he said goodbye to Boo in Monsters Inc. He looked so sad; so helpless. That side of Augustus is a side we don’t get to see very often which made it all the more heart-breaking. Hazel is told she is no longer allowed to go to Amsterdam with Augustus and ignores him for days on end.
BUT THEN! She gets an email about them going and asks her Mum about it. And it turns out….. She is going! The look of joy on her face was so lovely.
Then came the Amsterdam trip. Augustus was so adorable when he was flying for the first time. He looked so worried at first but then when they were in the air felt the marvel of being up so high. The trip started out really amazingly with Hazel and Augustus going to dinner in TFIOS blue and tasting the stars. When Augustus told Hazel he loved her in the film it was in the restaurant whereas in the book it was on the plane on the way to Amsterdam. I loved it in both the book and the film. The way he said it and the way he looks at her was so beautiful it broke my heart.
Then they started the second day of the trip where they went to see Peter Van Houten. Willem Dafoe portrayed Peter Van Houten and he honestly was the perfect choice. He had the right amount of arrogance to let us feel the right amount of hate. In the book it’s Augustus that stands up to Van Houten but in the movie it’s Hazel. I think I liked it better when Augustus stood up to him but it did make Hazel’s character that much more lovable. Then Lidewij took them to the Anne Frank house. Last term I read the Diary of Anne Frank and learned quite a bit about her. It was pretty surreal to see her house even through the eyes of someone else. The kiss in the Anne Frank house was so amazing and cute and lovely all at the same time. Then they went back to the hotel and you know…
Then came the third day. The dreaded third day. The day when Augustus would ask Hazel’s Mum for some time alone and take her for a walk. The day when he would sit her down on the bench and tell her that he went for a scan. The day when he would tell her he lit up like a Christmas tree. The day that broke our hearts. It was in this scene that I began physically sobbing. It broke my heart to see them both crying and knowing that this was when I would say goodbye to Augustus Waters again. The dreaded third day.
From here on out the film was pretty blurry because of all my tears. I loved the scene when they go to egg Monica’s car because it really brought some of that original happiness into the film and that spark in Augustus that I love.
Then Augustus went out to buy cigarettes from a gas station and his G-tube got infected. That scene made me bawl like a baby because seeing Augustus like that was such a shock and such a difference from his usual happy demeanour.
Then when he was out of hospital Hazel took his to see funny bones in his wheelchair and took a picnic and they talked about death and about how it doesn’t matter that not everyone knew him because Hazel knew him and that should be enough. And that moment. That single moment made me believe that too. That not everyone has to know who you are and think that you’re special as long as that one person you think is special thinks the same of you.
Then it was time. Time for Augustus’ pre-funeral. Isaac’s speech is the one that made me the saddest, the one that made me start to sob again. It was the fact that he would rather be blind than see in a world without Augustus Waters.
Augustus Waters died 8 days after his pre-funeral. When Hazel found and started to cry I could feel all the pain she was feeling. Her pain mingled with mine only made me cry harder. I could barely breathe, I could barely see. Augustus real funeral wasn’t anywhere near as great as his pre-funeral. Hazel read a speech but she read a different speech. And I liked that. Because the one she read to Augustus was for Augustus. The one she read at the funeral was for everyone else. Peter Van Houten came and gave her the email Augustus had written him but she didn’t know it was from him yet. I felt really sorry for Peter Van Houten even though he was cruel to Hazel and Augustus when they visited him.
Then when Hazel talked to Isaac she found out about the letter. And she began to read. As she did it went through a little montage of clips and this just made me cry even more. Then for the last defining moment of the film Hazel went to lay down on the grass as the last part of the letter was read. In the book the last line was “I do, Augustus. I do” but in the film Augustus finished his letter with “Okay Hazel Grace?” and she said “Okay”. Before closing her eyes and ending the film. I loved the ending even though I was crying so much I couldn’t see. It was so beautifully sad.
I loved the whole film, it was perfect from start to finish. And even though it made me cry (to be honest I’m crying now) I am so glad I got to see it. I’ll probably never want to watch it again but I loved it.
Okay well that’s all for today.
Signing off, Charlie