I just finished watching The Fault in Our Stars movie. Ok, that’s not true. I finished it about half an hour ago, but I think I got something caught in my eye during the movie and I’ve been trying to fix my leaking tear ducts ever since.
Anyway, tears aside, I was pleasantly surprised with the whole thing. Unlike the people who adapted The Vampire Academy and Mortal Instruments, I think the people who did this one might have actually liked the book. Sure, the cheese factor was high and it was emotionally manipulative (or at least that’s what I’m blaming all my tears on), but it was nothing that the book wasn’t already.
For me, Shailene Woodley was perfect as Hazel – she is exactly how I imagined her to be and I thought she was excellent in the role. Before seeing the movie, I was a bit worried about the guy playing Augustus – he looked so soft and wet, not at all how I imagined Gus to be. But I didn’t mind him in the end, although I still think they needed someone a bit better looking – but that could just be me showing my age, maybe young girls think that guy’s a dreamboat (said no young girl this side of 1955, ever).
I think they stayed pretty true to the book, but at times I kinda wish they hadn’t. Some things are just easier to forgive in print; kids talking like adults is much easier to take in text than actually hearing the words said out loud. And seeing Hazel and Gus make out in Anne Frank’s house, and be applauded for it, was even worse than reading it (and reading it was pretty bad).
Overall, in terms of adaptations, I thought it was a pretty good one. I’ll admit though, I didn’t absolutely love the book, so maybe I wasn’t as emotionally invested in this movie as I have been for other adaptions. But I don’t think they committed any major atrocities – it’s not like they cast Keira Knightly to play Lizzie Bennet or anything.
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