Movie review by Shivani Handa, aged 12 years old
Entertaining audiences with its humorous yet evocative scenes, The fault in our stars, originally written by John Green, has dominated cinemas with over 23 million views in just a few months.
The film is focused around the life of a 16-year-old teenager- Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley). A young girl who has stage 4-thyroid cancer, first diagnosed at the early age of 13. Since then, she has always been seen carrying an oxygen tank. As a result, Hazel is made to go to a cancer support group by her mother. Although reluctant at first, she eventually agrees to go. On her way to one of her sessions, Hazel involuntarily bumps into Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) who is new to the class and attending with his friend Isaac.
Throughout the whole session, Hazel finds Augustus staring at her with a warming smile, making her blush. As Augustus introduces himself to the group, he reveals that he has been in remission from osteosarcoma after his right leg had been removed. He also reveals that his only major drawback is oblivion. Hazel immediately responds to this by saying that eventually everything and everyone will be gone and he should learn to overlook it. After the session finishes, Augustus once again is caught staring at her and after a brief conversation, Hazel questions why he is looking at her like that. He answers- ‘Because you’re beautiful’. We can immediately see a romance brew between the two.
The relationship between Hazel and Augustus is a warmhearted teenage relationship. Throughout the entire movie, they both strongly believe and act upon the fact that although they might be treated differently, they choose to make the best of the time they have together. At the beginning of the film, we hear a voice-over narrated by Hazel. She explains how you have a choice in this world on how to tell unproductive stories. You might sugarcoat it as much as you like, however in the end, as Hazel directly says, ‘it’s just far from the truth’. Both Hazel and Augustus’ perseverance and motivation to carry on and try new things is an inspiration to many people.
Throughout the movie, Hazel and Augustus go many places and see many things. They find themselves on the road to Amsterdam to meet the author-Peter Van Houten- after sharing a similar interest in one of his books-An imperial affliction. This is also known to be Hazel’s favorite book, the only one in which she can relate to the characters.
Personally, I believe that the movie itself was absolutely amazing; it fascinated me through the whole time I was watching it. The ending is tremendous and I want you to see the movie in order to experience the last scenes instead of giving it away to you here. Everyone in the whole of the cinema hall felt the emotion of the ending, during the last few scenes especially… Go see it to find out what happens!
I would definitely recommend it to anyone. There’s something in there for everyone, ranging from comedy to extremely touching and uplifting emotional scenes…
‘Okay, Hazel Grace?’
When are you going to see The fault in our stars!?