The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

will contain spoilers.

I finally was able to catch The Fault In Our Stars last weekend. I was delaying to see it because I never really want to cry in public because when I cry, I REALLY cry. I was hoping that the theater will be near-empty by then. It wasn’t.

This movie was one hell of a tearjerker. Guddammit.

The plot was pretty simple: Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley), was a teenage cancer patient who met Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) during a cancer support group meeting. They fell in love and so and so.

Very teenager-y, right?

What I hated most about the book was its inconsistency, I think, with its tone. I had way too much debate with fellow readers about this. TFIOS’s voice wa pretty grown up for the teenage characters. I refuse to believe that teenagers talk and think like that, that’s why I was SO distracted while reading the book.

I am sorry fan girls and fan boys, but I don’t think John Green can very much capture the tone of the youth. Ako na yung magaling haha.

Anyway, good thing the TFIOS movie eliminated everything I hated about the book and magnified everything I liked about it.

I just loved how the movie was told. The pacing was just right. A lot of things happened in the story, but I think it was not too dragging, nor too fast.

Again, you have to appreciate how the movie was told. The first person POV really worked since there where techniques in transition and development of the story which was made better with the POV.

I am also a sucker for “The first scene is the last scene” approach (hello, Lost!). It added some poetic madness into the movie. Again, it was done beautifully.

I loved how they balanced the plots between the struggle of cancer patient parents, and Gus and Hazel Grace’s love. I remember that the first thing that made me cry in the movie was Hazel Grace’s mom (Laura Dern). Dammit. This gave the movie a deeper connection to the cancer angle – it detached itself from the teenage love angle every once in a while.

The first thing that made me cry in the book was Isaac’s eulogy (yes! that far into the book!). Nat Wolff pretty much nailed it. It was amazing. I also adored the dynamics between Gus and Isaac.

I was so in love with Shailene Woodley’s Hazel Grace. Unlike the book Hazel, movie Hazel was very likable, relate-able, and not at all annoying. She really captured the “kilig” reaction which I think – as a former teenager myself – is the natural reaction as opposed to book Hazel Grace’s.

Is it really obvious that I don’t like the book Hazel Grace?

Also, the movie has some decent funny moments. That’s kind of surprising for me.

Ansel Elgort’s Gus also has this awkwardness about him. When you read the book, you’ll think of him as this perfect guy who everyone wants to date, but the movie Gus was really… awkward. I don’t know if it’s just me, though. But again, it worked. It made his character more solid, I guess. More real.

I think the movie was well made and better written. I genuinely do.

I liked the teenager-ish-ness of the movie because I think it worked. I can feel that these two star-crossed lovers were in fact very young and very much dying.

Ok fine, I’ll say it. The movie is better than the book. Waay better.

Because with a plot as “predictable” as “star-crossed lovers with cancer”, it just all boils down to storytelling.

My only issue was, why did Gus make Hazel Grace walk too much when he knew that she only has one lung? What I think was, it’s something metaphoric. Because in a movie with this quality, it is easier to accept that something about it is poetic.

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June 16, 2014