When walking into the movie theater to see ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ I was expecting to fall in love with two characters and leave completely heartbroken. However, neither happened. Instead of only Shailene as Hazel and Ansel as Gus, I fell in love with every character and my heart was more full than ever.
The Fault in Our Stars hits theaters on June 6, and if you’ve read the book, you know what’s coming — even just by seeing the trailer you can guess what to expect. I won’t include any spoilers, but will confirm: yes, you will cry. However, I don’t think I’ve ever left a theater feeling so fulfilled, happy and really believing in young love and being so impressed with two young actors.
‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Review
Hazel Grace Lancaster, played by Shailene Woodley, is a young girl with metastatic thyroid cancer who expects that the end is near, as her lungs are not getting enough oxygen. After being forced into group sessions at a church, she meets Augustus Waters, played by Ansel Elgort, a young kid who also has cancer and lost a leg because of it.
John Green, the writer of the novel the film was based, along with the director of the film, Josh Boone, weren’t afraid to make the audience cry — telling a story of two kids falling in love while never knowing when their “Last Good Day” would be.
However, for the first time ever, it wasn’t actually a bad thing.
Their love story is extremely precious — more than I’ve seen in a long time. Josh Boone is sure to acknowledge that they are young, just out of high school, teenagers who while they have cancer, have the normal qualities of teens: angst, fear, and are both equally unaware of how beautiful they both are. Their love story is true and realist. He’s a straightforward boy and she calls him out on his seemingly cocky comments. She forces him to read a novel to try and understand it and she has a guard up, as most young girls do, especially when feeling like a “grenade.”
However, she doesn’t expect that he’ll love the novel, and more than that love her for loving it.
We also meet Augustus’ blind friend, Isaac, played by Nat Wolff. We see the friendship between the two, how real and emotional it is, and how they connect. That bond alone helps incredibly with character development of who Gus is and why Hazel falls in love with him.
As for Hazel, she’s constantly with her parents, played by Sam Trammell and Laura Dern. Together, they represent what parents are — overbearing and protective but loving and real. They’re hesitant to see their daughter falling in love, as they know she has the capability to go at any time and to hurt Gus. But no one can stand in the way. The film shows their love for her so strongly, that just that alone makes you realize why she is the girl she is.
Shailene & Ansel’s Undeniable, Magnetic Attraction
Shailene is fearless and flawlessly beautiful and she doesn’t even know it, while Ansel proves he’s the next big thing. He may be underrated right now, but after you see the film, you will agree. He’s 100 percent one of the best young stars filled with glee, raw talent and a convincible sparkle in his eye that you can’t help but fall in love with.
The chemistry between the stars is magnetic, and when they’re in a scene together — regardless of the tears running down your face, you can’t help but smile for the love that radiates off the screen.
“The world is not a wish-granting factory” is one of the most famous lines of the film. However, our wish was grated when seeing this — it was, without a doubt, a fearless love story that’s forced to be heard. Okay?
— Emily Longeretta
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