In theatres this Friday from director Josh Boone and 20th Century Fox comes a story that tells us all about the THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.
This film tells the story of Hazel (Shailene Woodley), a young woman who has spent her life toting an oxygen tank and staying away from people. After a nudge from Mom Frannie (Laura Dern) and Dad Michael (Sam Trammell) she joins a cancer support group at the local church.
After a few meetings she bumps into Augustus (Ansel Elgort), a young man who has a wit to match Hazel and toting one leg that doesn’t slow him down. She also meets Isaac (Nat Wolff), with wit and emotion enough for both of them! Getting to know one another she suggests a favorite book by Van Houten (Willem Dafoe) and a connection is made.
Finally reaching the author by email, Augustus sets up a trip to Amsterdam to ask questions about the book they both love. The journey brings them far more than they bargained for. Returning home they realize there time together is more precious and doing things there own way becomes life itself.
FINAL WORD: Woodley as Hazel is a smart, funny, and very witty young lady. Understanding her condition takes a toll on her spirit and Woodley just has the amazing ability to portray that feeling. Her face lights up the screen when she laughs. Even when her character is angry, this young actress makes it look flawless and believable enough that I got angry with her!
Elgort as Augustus is also smart, funny and the kind of charming I think every female adores. It’s not that he says the right things (because sometimes he doesn’t really); it’s the look of utter sincerity that comes across. Who couldn’t fall for a guy like that? Even his moment of doubt come across with such power and yet filled with grace (no pun intended). His dancing eyes and boyish smile give the character of Augustus such life.
Wolff as Isaac is the perfect fit for this trifecta friendship! Going through his own personal battles he sees his two friends as such a gift. Dern as Frannie is the stressor of the film with the motherly anguish of seeing her child in pain and unable to do nothing but be there. Trammel as Michael is not seen as much but his moments along with Hazel are touching.
Dafoe as Van Houten is a total douche bag, which is the point! He actually epitomizes the disappointments that are out there and sometimes its better to believe someone is good at heart then go looking for more pain.
Other cast include: Lotte Verbeek as Lidewij, Ana Dela Cruz as Dr. Maria, Randy Kovitz as Dr. Simmons and Emily Peachey as Monica.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE FAULT IN OUR STARS four tubs of popcorn out of five. This is the film no one can walk away without feeling something. Whether it is open tears or a deep heavy feeling because of someone you may know – this film is not going to let you walk away without the understanding that pain is something to be felt. Along with any emotion this film gives relief with humor and a moment or two of giggles at our own humanity.
If you are looking for a flaw in the film I’m sure there is something if you are that desperate to find it but from the moment the film begins I wasn’t looking for any. Instead, I watched the relationship between Hazel and Augustus knowing that although it is a story about two young people, it could apply to any two people.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is based on the New York Times best selling book by author John Green. He won a Printz Award in 2006 for his novel LOOKING FOR ALASKA. Green also has PROJECT AWESOME and CRASH COURSE which is an education channel that teaches literature, history and science. This year he made Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People.
In the end – they loved an eternity’s worth in a moment of time.