By: Selinna Nicole Escosar
The Fault in Our Stars (2014) is an American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone. It is based on the novel, The Fault in Our Stars written by John Green. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are the actors for the leading roles; Shailene as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Ansel as Augustus Waters.
Natt Wolf plays a supporting role and would be known in the movie as Isaac. Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is a sixteen-year-old cancer patient who is forced by her parents to attend a support group. You see, Hazel is depressed. While she was going into the elevator to attend her support group meeting, she bumped into Augustus Waters. They caught each other’s attention while in the support group, staring each other down and exchanging coy glances at each other. When it was Augustus’ turn to speak and introduce his self, he stated that he was once a cancer patient but was already healed and was there to support his best friend Isaac who was to have eye surgery in a few weeks and will soon be left blind. Augustus was asked a question: “What is your greatest fear?” His answer was what led to him and Hazel having an exchange of words for the first time in the movie. After the support group meeting, Hazel waited for her mother to pick her up outside, but to her surprise Augustus Waters went outside and stood beside her. There they had a conversation filled with sarcasm and wit. This conversation led to Hazel, instead of going home with her mom, went with Augustus. This is where their romantic and dramatic adventure with each other will begin. This led to them texting each other, calling each other, hanging out with each other, they exchanged books, and got to know each other’s families in a span of time. They grew fond of each other. I particularly love these moments, the moments we can see how the romance between them starts to blossom. It is the moments where they tease or compliment each other and the many conversations shifting from the little things, to things that matter.
There would be a scene when after a few weeks of Hazel and Augustus only communicating through phone and emails, they would meet in Augustus’ attic. Isaac was crying, his surgery was tomorrow and his girlfriend broke up with him. He had a mini rage, Augustus offering him items to smash and break. The following days, they went to Isaac’s ex-girlfriend’s house and proceeded on pelting her house with eggs. The friendship among the three grew stronger and the three would proceed to face challenges that would leave the three heartbroken.
Moving on, a particular book Hazel owned and let Augustus read, led them to want to go to Amsterdam to meet the author that both Hazel and Augustus admired. The book is entitled “An Imperial Infliction” and was both relatable to Hazel and Augustus, for this book was about a girl who had cancer. In their persistence throughout the movie to meet the author and go to Amsterdam, this is where they will learn more about each other, and get to fall more and more in love with each other. I experienced a rollercoaster of emotions when I first watched this movie. There will be a surprising twist at the end, that will either make your heart break and tears fall. I have cried at least 2-3 times watching this movie. I admit I am easily moved to tears when it comes to sad, dramatic, even happy scenes when watching a film. But I assure you, you may not cry outwardly, but you will feel such emotions in this movie. Shailene Woodley’s acting was beautiful throughout the movie; I believe she was the perfect actress to play Hazel’s part. Augustus Waters’ acting was amazing as well; he had that nice guy vibe about him, but can play off the sarcastic, poetic, witty part of Augustus’ personality which I loved. This is not only a romantic film, but also has parts wherein friendship is valued upon and especially the bond of a family. You can also spot how a family would be like, when they have a sick, dying child among them and how they’d face this as a family unit.
Your heart will burst with the bromance, and how valuable friendship is when it comes to Isaac and Augustus’ friendship. This movie is filled with metaphors, poetic phrases, emotion, and how cancer and life-threatening sicknesses would affect a family, a friendship, and a romantic couple. I would rate these movie 4.5 stars, a cry-worthy movie (either it be outwardly or inwardly). Overall, this is an emotional, beautifully made film that I would recommend watching to family, friends and to couples.
Director Josh Boone
Genre Drama, Romance, Comedy-Drama
Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a similarly afflicted teen from her cancer support group. Hazel feels that Gus really understands her. They both share the same acerbic wit and a love of books, especially Grace’s touchstone, “An Imperial Affliction” by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the reclusive author, he and Hazel embark on the adventure of their brief lives.