The Fault In Our Stars - Five Reasons You'll Love It
After the huge success of the book, which hit the number #1 New York Times bestseller list, this week sees the UK release of John Green’s literary phenomenon The Fault In Our Stars on the big screen. Rising star Shailene Woodley takes on the role of sarcastic Hazel Grace, a teenage girl whose final chapter felt completely predetermined when she was diagnosed with cancer. However her journey to the end is completely rewritten when she meets Augustus Waters at Cancer Kid Support Group, played by new talent Ansel Elgort.
We caught an early screening last week and here’s five reasons why we think you’ll love this raw, insightful and heartfelt romance.
It stays true to the book...
Having read the book and loved it, we were afraid that the film would fall victim to the classic “it’s not as good as the book” line; as many films adapted from books have fallen subject to in the past. Never fear! Josh Boone manages to make Green’s powerful tale translate onto the big screen, you'll get swept up in the story.
Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley have great chemistry
Having appeared together earlier this year in Divergent as siblings you might fear that playing a romantic couple would be a challenge for the pair of rising stars. It’s not! They play the characters from the book beautifully and you eagerly follow their love story. It’s not cheesy, it’s not glamorous or lusty it’s genuine and honest. Ansel may be relatively unknown but he truly embodies his character Gus.
We have all watched ridiculously cringe worthy, fairy tale ending romance films. This is a refreshing and realistic love story. It is not morbid and depressing like you might think a film about kids with cancer will be. Instead it is a pleasure to watch two extraordinary teenagers who know they only have a number of days left and they aren’t going to deny themselves the privilege of enjoying them and their ‘cancer perks’.
It’s got a great soundtrack
Ed Sheeran, Lykke Li, Jake Bugg, M83, Birdy and new talent such as Indians and Charli XCX (who you might recognise from playing the Britany Murphy character in Iggy Azalea’s 'Fancy' video where she plays homage to film Clueless). This soundtrack might beat the chart topping Frozen.
It’s well emotional...
Oh yes it is. If you feel like you haven’t had a good cry in ages and the fact that a cinema is dark so it’s ok to cry in a public place with a bunch of strangers then this may be your moment. You have been warned…take tissues.
The Fault In Our Stars will be released into cinemas on Thursday (June 19th). Check back later this week for exclusive interviews with the film's cast.