Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars

Hey guys :)

Summer is almost over for me, and I go back to school in two weeks. I'm the type of person that likes going school supply shopping, but isn't too keen on the school section of this. Am I the only one?

Anyways, yesterday I finally paused The Sims 3 (my couple recently turned into vampires!), got out of my sweatpants, and, with a friend, watched The Fault In Our Stars.

*moment of fangirl-ness*

First off, I have read the book. I've probably read it twice since I bought it who-knows-when; it may seem few, but the story just stuck to me. It's not an average teens-in-love kind of story, which I see too many of every time I walk into Page One. The characters are witty, open-minded, and grasp the sense of reality.

I thought the movie was brilliant. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort really captured the spirit of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. The chemistry between them was genuine, which I must applaud them on, considering they played siblings in Divergent! They share many awwww moments such as:

The Fault in our Stars

Another thing that made the movie so enjoyable is that actual quotes from the book were slipped into the script. Throughout the movie I perked up whenever a quote was said because I could really relate the scene to the book. I like how it stayed true to the book, because the book is beautifully written.

Additionally, little touches made this love story a modern one, such as the little text bubbles that appeared on screen, or the gmail popups.

The first half of the movie contained all of those cute, couple-y moments. However towards the end, I COULD NOT STOP CRYING. Similar to Gwen Stacy's death in TASM2, I knew Augustus' death was coming, but only when that scene played out could I comprehend the situation. It just isn't fair to Hazel to go through more pain, even through her sickness, but as Peter Van Houten wrote, "Pain demands to be felt." Scenes like:

⚜ They say I’m a control freak.. ⚜

"You know how i know you’re a fighter? You called a ten a nine." But that wasn’t quite right, I called it a nine because i was saving my ten. And here it was, the great and terrible ten." 

I wanted to sob out loud, but you know, dignity, dignity.

A few other things worth mentioning:
  • the scenery in Amsterdam was stunning
  • the soundtrack is addictive, especially Ed Sheeran's 'All Of The Stars' and Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap'

Last thing before I wrap it up: Isaac is such an under-rated character. People mainly focus on Hazel and Gus, but I keep thinking about the relationship between Isaac and Gus. Isaac has it pretty tough: he loses his sight, his girlfriend, then his best friend :(

“When the scientists of the future show up at my house with robot eyes and they tell me to try them on, I will tell the scientists to screw off, because I do not want to see a world without him.”

Well, there you have it: what I think about the "The Fault In Our Stars" movie. If the message isn't clear, I love it and you should watch it (with at least a pack of tissues in an easily-accessible place so you can reach for one during the movie)!

Before I start crying about the movie again, I'm going to end with one of my favourite quotes from the book:

Have a good day and I'll see you soon x

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