June 21, 2014

TFiOS Movie Review

Fifteen days later and TFiOS movie is still with me. I saw the matinee opening afternoon, June 6. I had no tear-stained mascara selfie to post immediately after watching the movie. I prepared myself by not wearing eye makeup and bringing tissue. I expected tears. I mean, two teens are dying of cancer. And it's a nontraditional love story. How can you prevent wet lashes with a story line like this?

I give harsh critiques for book-to-movie adaptations. I am that stickler that is quick to point out what did/did not happen in the book. I saw a few extended trailers to know the dialogue was mostly word-for-word, which is very important for this movie because Hazel and Gus' wit and conversation is a large part of their charming relationship and why I heart them. Well bookhearts, I am happy to report that TFiOS movie is very true to the book. 

Toward the end of the movie, I thought about my grandfather who I lost to cancer, my grandmother who had breast cancer and my own scare. I heard other people in the theater crying. First softly, then gradually louder as certain scenes played out on the big screen. I got that lump in my throat—the one right before a cry that I've tried holding in—then lost it and just cried. The credits rolled and not ONE person in the theater moved. Not one person stood up for a solid three minutes. All I heard were sniffles and murmurs. Some even turned into sobs. S/O to the lady sitting near me so unashamed with the ugly cry that I patted her shoulder on the way out of the theater. Uber emotional.

For those that read TFiOS, you know what to expect. (-_-,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,)

Hazel and Gus are my favorite fictional witty teenagers ever. Shailene, girl, I have been your fan since the early days of Secret Life of the American Teenager. You rocked the short haircut with confidence! You played the emotions so well. Handsome Ansel, you my dear are the perfect actor for the role of Gus. You captured his charm, snark and delivered metaphors that made English teachers and word lovers proud. BRAVO to both of you! This love story written by John Green left a lasting impression long after I read the last page and remains a favorite book. Thanks to the wonderful movie directed by Josh Boone and the lead actors, TFiOS will leave a lasting visual image in my mind. I cannot recommend this book AND movie enough (read before viewing). So well done!

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Cast: Shailene Woodley (Hazel) & Ansel Elgort (Gus) 
Release Date: June 2014
Time: 126 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 


  1. This was a perfect adaptation to a movie! I was concerned but it was so true to the book and they were cast perfectly.