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Film Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Poster for The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Poster for The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
John Green/ Fault In Our Stars (2014)

The Fault in Our Stars

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John Green's award-winning novel star-crossed lovers has come to life in the new film The Fault In Our Stars. Fans of the book might be a tad disappointed with differences made to pieces of the novel, but this film adaptation is a solid movie all on its own.

Green's story focuses on teenage cancer patient Hazel Grace Lancaster. She is bitter about her life sentence, but witty and realistic about it as well. Her world is turned upside down when she is forced to return to a cancer support group and is stated at by none other than the charming Augustus Waters. Gus and Hazel learn to love their lives as they also learn to love each other.

The script is excellent. Much of he dialogue is taken from the book, although large portions of the book are Hazel's inner monologue. Nonetheless, the monologues in this film make you laugh, cry, and learn along with the characters.

Hazel and Gus are played by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, who earlier this year played siblings in Divergent. Their chemistry is solid in both variations of relationships though. They are believable and it is easy to get attached to them. Everyone gives a solid performance and helps to bring this novel into a theatrical existence.

While The Fault In Our Stars is a young adult romance story, it will affect the emotions of audiences of all ages. It differs from the book, but those who have never read it will love the tale just as much as those who already adore this little infinity.