The Fault in Our Stars (2014) – Encore Review


the-fault-in-our-stars“I fell in love with him the way you fall asleep: Slowly, and then all at once. ” – Hazel Grace Lancaster

Number of Times Seen – 2 (19 Jun 2014 and 1 Dec 2014)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Love story between two teenage cancer patients who learn from each other how to live life to the fullest.

My Take on it – Certain movies make such an impression on us that they stay with us in a special place in our hearts for a long time.

This movie is on that list for me.

When I originally saw the trailer about a year ago, it looked really interesting to me, but I assumed it would be a tearjerker that I would enjoy, but would just end up moving on afterwards without being emotionally affected by it at all.

My wife and I had a day off back in June and since she likes these kind of movies much more than I do, I suggested that we see this.

I was completely floored by this movie, its story and mainly its unbelievably amazing young actors.

As soon as we left the theater, I went into a book store and bought the book.  I sat down for two days and “zipped” thru it (Thanks again to my amazing wife for giving me the time to read it instead of helping out with chores and the kids on that weekend).

This was one of the very rare occasions where I felt that the movie adaptation was equally amazing an experience as the book was to me.

To be able to create a story about cancer affected teens and finding a way for them to be happy was such a great way of doing this.

The author John Green was able to give us two characters who I feel that despite their youth I can look up to them. Gus and Hazel both show us how it’s possible to find strength inside us to overcome depression and fears in our situations in life and look at everything from a positive perspective; basically to live life as well as you can.

I recently took part in Luke of the Oracle of Film’s question of the month which asked who was our favorite character of 2014 and I actually chose Gus.  Most of the other bloggers chose superheroes, but I truly feel that Gus taught me so much about how to live life that he deserves that title in my mind.

I have heard talk that both lead actors Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are on numerous lists for the upcoming awards season and I’d be very pleasantly surprised if either of them managed to at least get nominations for their performances here.

Upon re-watching this movie, I was reminded once again how much I loved this story and these characters and like them, I wish I had more time together with them than what we are allotted.

This will most definitely be very high on my year-end top 10 list if not at the top!

Bottom Line -Amazing book adaptation, great cast and a heartwarming love story.  Highly Recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)

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