It’s been a good while since I’ve done a movie review and I feel like this one deserves a mention. If you’ve not read the book (I reviewed it here), I think this movie is still worth a watch. I think it’s always wise to read the book before it’s adaptation but you won’t be horribly lost if you haven’t read it. I won’t include any spoilers here, so if you’re looking for an honest opinion before you spend ten bucks, read on.
First off, this is one of the most faithful book to movie adaptations I’ve ever seen. Only a few things are left out, and you don’t really miss them so it’s not too big of a deal. I’m sure you’ve seen the trailer by now, so I won’t give you a repetitive summary, but the movie is definitely a refreshing take on the romantic comedy/drama. The tone of the movie and the tone of the book are very aligned, and you’ll know what I mean by that if you’ve read the book. It’s lighthearted without being insensitive, romantic without being disgusting, and emotional without being cliché. I’d definitely see this one again. Warning though, bring tissues. The movie is very lighthearted until it isn’t and when that moment arrives you’ll want to be prepared. It’s a beautiful sadness, though. It’s not a stereotypical “cancer” movie, and author John Green made sure of that.
Overall, I’d generously give this movie a 10/10. Shailene Woodley delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as protagonist, Hazel. The rest of the cast is also great. I’d like to give a special shout out to Laura Dern who plays Hazel’s mother. She’s incredible as well. The soundtrack to the film is also great, and I’d recommend giving that a listen as well. One of my favorite songs, “All I Want” by Kodaline, is on it, which made me an immediate fan. This movie is not for the weak of heart, and is not necessarily the most realistic portrayal of teenage romance, but it accomplishes something more than other movies I’ve seen that are made for teens. It manages to tell an incredibly raw and powerful story without being pretentious or cliche. John Green fans will love this, and if you liked director Josh Boone’s first film Stuck in Love, you’ll love The Fault in Our Stars as well.
What did you think?