After putting it off for quite some time, I finally saw ‘The Fault In Our Stars’. When this book first became big, like many others I went out and bought a copy of my own. Having heard parts of it from other people who had read it, I understood that it was about a young girl who had cancer and fell in love. However I never actually got round to reading it for myself (yet), seen as I am so caught up with the books by Mitch Albom. So instead I decided I would watch the film first, and then read the book later to add more detail to the story. As films always tend to miss details out…which is fair enough as there is a lot of extra detail in books to allow the reader to picture it in their own mind.
There are two main focuses in my opinion within this film. The first is the awareness of cancer in young people. For me I still don’t think people are as aware of this as they could be. Now I know that when a cancer case regarding a child enters the news, there is normally a lot of detailed coverage regarding it to ensure people know as much as possible about the surrounding factors. However I still think there is a lot more we could know about it. For example the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer, or even just knowledge of support groups for young people with cancer or for family and friends with cancer. None of this which I personally knew. I don’t think anyone really expects there to be anything wrong with someone who is so young, not just regarding cancer but any type of illness, and I think that’s the main concern. We don’t expect the unexpected, therefore it completely throws us off when it happens. I think the writer John Green and the director Josh Boone did an amazing job at trying to put in as much detail as possible, about the different types of cancer included in the film.
The second focus is of course the love that is shared between Hazel and Gus. I think this was amazing and touching to watch. The actors did an unbelievable job in this film. Making not only their love for each other, but their pain with the cancer so believable. Meaning the two just contrasted so much more throughout the film. I think people who watched this film will always remember Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in later projects for this, and commend them for it. They really show the hopes every romantic has for love. A love that is boundless, that can last for an eternity in such a little time and then go on with them for a lifetime after. I think this will affect the romantics of this generation, in the same way Titanic did for my generation.
Overall an amazing film in my eyes and I’m sure the book will make it that much better with the added detail!
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars.