“That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.”
Last night I attended a press screening of The Fault in Our Stars. I had been told to be prepared and have some Kleenex handy, so I did. (Thank god). I was expecting a cheesy love story of two silly teenagers making all the mistakes of an hormone driven love, but instead I found a beautiful story, not only about love but also about pain, courage, friendship, passion, illness, life and death. Universal and very relatable subjects, like the fear to oblivion after we die, the need to transcend, to be remembered; the importance of having a meaningful live and to leave a mark on the people you find on your way. An ode to life, always beautiful no matter how painful it can get. Definitely, not a silly teenager story.
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once”.
Based on John Green's novel of the same title, the story is about Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. They meet at a cancer support group where Hazel sits next to her oxygen tank, and Gus makes jokes about his prosthetic leg. It was meant to be. In other circumstances I would say that their love story is corny and exaggerated, but, since they are teenagers willing to live and feel like if it was their last day on earth, the cheesiness is totally is justified. I buy it. I’m pretty sure it will make you think about the first time you fell helpless in love. (Sigh)
The cast is completed with the always wonderful Laura Dern and True Blood’s Sam Trammell, as Hazel’s parents.
I didn’t read the book before or didn’t know much about the story, and I think that, that’s one of the reasons why I enjoyed so much. So I won’t tell you more about it. I will let you taste this sweet and sour flavor by yourself.