by Taylor Clayton
The Fault in Our Stars is the movie adaptation of the book of the same name by John Green. The story follows 16 year old Hazel Grace Lancaster, as she battles the aftermath of lung cancer that isn’t actually 100% out of her system. It follows her to her support group full of other teenage kids who are going through similar situations. The book-to-movie accuracy of this adaptation is one of such achievement as is rare in today’s culture. More often than not, directors dismiss small details as insignificant because they do not understand the literature as imperatively as they must to accurately portray the events in a real life setting. The movie is put together in such a way that my friends and I, avid readers and fans of John Green, found minimal inaccuracies. Scenes that were left out were unnoticeably done so and later explained through ways that only someone who has read the book would notice.
Hazel, played by Shailene Woodley, squeezes the perfect amount of intellect and sarcasm into every line. Her and Ansel Elgort, who plays her love interest, Augustus Waters, make a darling pair as they try to live as normal a life as they possibly can. The acting is so well done that you could never guess that Shailene doesn’t actually have breathing problems and Ansel has both legs working perfectly fine. You can tell that everyone working on this project really cares about staying true to the source material and not trying to romanticize sickness.
If you’ve read the book then I highly recommend watching this movie, but if I were you, I’d bring tissues. The characters are so well crafted that you would be asking too much for it to have an ending where everyone is happy. John Green is too good of an author to let you leave with dry eyes.