The Fault in Our Stars
Review by Clay Bloodworth
Whenever I see a trailer for a new love story coming to theaters (whether it be involving sparkling vampires or the typical high-school sweethearts) I usually groan at how predictable and unoriginal the genre has become. But lucky for me, along with the fans of classic films like Say Anything that perfectly encapsulated young love, there’s a new breed of filmmakers that are working to create beloved romance for this generation.
Just over a year ago we received the fantastic indie-drama The Spectacular Now from the spectacular writing team of Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. It surely wasn’t a sugar-coated work but it was authentic and true, and that’s the prime reason why I enjoyed their newest book adaptation The Fault in Our Stars so much as well. It may seem like the typical movie fad of this summer but I think it will transcend its many teenage admirers and touch more people than you might think.
Based on John Green’s best-selling novel of the same title, it follows the quirky and perpetually sweet relationship between two emotionally wounded young people: Hazel Grace, a girl permanently ridden with an oxygen tank at her side due to her constant bouts with cancer, and Augustus Waters, a boy who lost one of his legs due to similar clashes with his health. Meeting at a support group, they bond over their unusual outlooks on life and, as you can guess, fall deeply in love.
But unlike most movies of the same kind, Stars doesn’t feel the need to wrap everything up in a beautiful little package. It shows the harsh realities of life and how much you affect everyone around you without feeling overly preachy to the audience.
The two leads (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) are wonderful together, and their undeniably-great chemistry through all the scenes they share may annoy some — but I found the dialogue between the two to be refreshing and sweet. My only gripe with the film is that we didn’t get to delve too much into Isaac’s character, though he was excellently portrayed by Nat Wolff. All in all, I felt the acting was stupendous and there was next to nothing wrong with the movie.
Rated PG-13 for language and sexuality, Stars is a sharp and charming look on love, and I urge you to give it a shot. It just may surprise you.