DVD Review: The Fault in our Stars

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Hazel (Shailene Woodley) has terminal thyroid cancer and is very uninterested in attending a support group her parents are forcing her to go to. But there she meets Augustus (Ansel Elgort) who lost his leg to cancer. He brings some much needed positivity into her life, and they form a tight bond, particularly over Hazel's favorite book.

I never read the book, and I didn't have any interest in seeing this movie, but when it came on HBO one night, I figured "why not?" It actually was pretty decent. I thought Woodley was very good, as she usually is when given the right material. Elgort played Gus well, but as an actor, he's kind of terrible. His lack of talent showed, but it didn't ruin the film. 

I was kind of expecting it to be a huge tearfest like My Sister's Keeper. But it wasn't. It showed the horrors of cancer, but still managed to be pretty uplifting. I wish there was more Sam Trammell though.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "No, I just want to cry and play video games." - Isaac (Nat Wollf)

8 comments:

  1. Great review :) I hadn't read the book either and was expecting a cry-fest which it wasn't, but it was certainly more enjoyable than I expected.
    - Allie

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    1. Definitely. I was expecting something along the lines of My Sister's Keeper. I'm glad this was different.

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  2. Nice review Brittani! I agree; it is sad but it's also strangely uplifting. Hazel might be my favorite role of Shailene's so far. Ansel isn't the best, but for Gus, he fit well - especially with a lot of book lovers expectations of him.

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    1. I'm not quite sure what their expectations where. My favorite role for Shailene is still The Descendants, but she's great when given good material, that's for sure.

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  3. I really liked the book, but I haven't seen the movie. I may check it out. I do like Shailene Woodley.

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    1. I hope it's a faithful adaptation. I have no idea. ha

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  4. I've read a few of John Green's books, but not this one. Didn't love the movie, but I liked it well enough, especially Woodley and the soundtrack.

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    1. The Soundtrack was really strong. I remember the post you did on it with all the songs.

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