The Fault in Our Stars is the highly anticipated movie adaption of John Green’s successful book of the same name. Shailene Woodley (Hazel) and Ansel Elgort (Gus) bring excellent chemistry to the film, delivering fantastic performances as the two leads who quickly fall in love. The two share a common, unfortunate fate, but combat it with a seemingly unconditional love for one another. This bond is what carries the emotional weight of the film. Alongside them, we have a serviceable cast, including the always great Willem Dafoe, who plays a washed up, famous writer that Hazel adores (well, at first…). The story is simple and sweet, so don’t expect any thing extraordinary. Think of a Nicholas Sparks movie…but 5 times better. Sure, there are a few cliches here and there, but the film builds on each of them and explores deeper into the characters’ minds. There’s also a cool aspect to the text messaging between Hazel and Gus where you see their texts in an animated cloud in the same design as the movie poster.
Everything manages to be cute, cuddly and sweet, even through the pains of cancer. The strength and determination of Hazel and Gus is what makes The Fault in Our Stars a success. It’s Hazel’s relentless honesty and willpower and Gus’s dedication and friendship to her that help everything come together. It has it’s “faults”, but overall, this is a whimsical, honest and sweet film that never refuses to be transparent and heartfelt. See my “Faith Advisory” below to read more about the subject matter of this film.
3.5 out of 5
Some of the subject matter in The Fault in Our Stars is not appropriate for teenagers or children. There is a scene where premarital sex is implied. We hear several curses. God’s name is taken in vain a couple times. Occasionally, characters poke fun at Christianity. As a Christian, it will be easy to get offended during the viewing of this movie. Almost every moral choice made in the film is the opposite of what God’s word emanates. Seeing this film with your teen isn’t the best idea and if you’re a believer, it may rub you the wrong way. Hazel and Gus tend to rely on their love to carry them through. No one in the film sees faith in God as an option, even though death is right around the corner.