As I mentioned last night on my social media accounts, I went to see TFiOS. I was a little nervous, because I LOVED the book in a way that I’ve never loved an inanimate object before. And typically I’m disappointed with book to movie affairs. I remember when I first heard the whispers that it would be made into a movie. To say I was skeptical would be a vast understatement. Like I said, I loved the book and felt that making it into a movie would completely ruin the feeling of it. No actor or actress would be able to accurately capture the essence of Hazel Grace or more importantly Augustus Waters. Boy was I proven wrong!
Ansel Elgort IS Augustus Waters. I had never heard of him prior to this movie, but was very pleasantly surprised. I was a little weirded out by the fact that he’d be playing opposite of Woodely in two films, one as her brother (Divergent) and the other as her love interest (TFiOS). I’m glad they didn’t go with an A list Hollywood d-bag to play this role. Elgort nailed his performance in every scene. His performance was very believable; his sincerity shining through in every scene. He’s definitely someone whose career I’ll be paying more attention to moving forward.
The big surprise for me in this movie was Shailene Woodley’s performance. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of hers. Her performance in Divergent was so so in my opinion and her interviews make me wish she’d just stop talking. That said, she nailed her performance as Hazel Grace. I realize Hazel Grace Lancaster is the main character in this book turned movie, but for me it was always about Gus. The chemistry between Woodley and Elgort was great; it was very believable and not at all put on.
The screenwriters and producers did themselves a HUGE favor by sticking to the book as closely as they did. There was only one situation/scene that was different in the movie than it was in the book. I can honestly say that this was one of, if not THE best adaptations of book to film that I’ve ever seen. There were very few dry eyes when we all left the theater last night. It was obvious to me who had read the book and who had not.
It’s been almost two years since I’ve read The Fault in Our Stars, but after seeing the movie I’m itching to do a re-read. This is something that all involved, including the book’s author John Green, should be proud to have been a part of. In a society where cancer is becoming common, this story was sorely needed. It adds depth to these peoples fight for their lives. It’s a glimpse inside this special hell, that some of us may not witness if we’ve never had a family member or friend who’s been touched by this horrible sickness. My aunt is battling Stage 4 terminal melanoma cancer right now, so this is a topic dear to my heart. I highly recommend that everyone go see this movie. You won’t leave with warm and fuzzy feelings, but like Gus says “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.” Just like Augustus Waters, I too like my choices. I consider it an honor to be hurt by this book/movie.