Movie review: The Fault In Our Stars (2014)


Romance movie is usually not my cup of tea but I gave an exception to ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, a film released middle of the year and it is based on a novel of the same name. It’s certainly not a major high-budget film of the year, but it definitely scores big from critics across the world. The overwhelming positive reviews to this particular movie which had been regarded by many as being tear-jerker are what made me to give this film a chance.

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The film revolves on Hazel and Gus, two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group (Source:IMDB). A saddening love story of two good-looking teenagers. But their story isn’t perfect like a fairy tale; it’s a heartbreaking one as both were cancer patients.

I don’t have nothing much to comment on this film actually. I just like the story. The incredible thing is that the love story didn’t gets me bored. I’m usually sick of romance story but for this one, I am touched by it. There is always some sort of moving or sentimental scenes throughout the movie that will give you no chance to complain when it is going to end. Of course, the movie isn’t just being so sad all along. There are some sweet moments of course and also some funny parts to give you a smile or two. Generally, the movie delivers quite successfully for being wise, funny and heartbreaking at the same time. That is not easy.

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The script is good. Brilliant adapted screenplay. I am moved by some words or messages from the dialogues of the movie, eventhough some may needs time for audiences to digest. But to be honest with you, I’m not that literally touched so much by the movie that I cried. No tears. No lump in my throat. The film still lacks a bit of punch to elevate the sadness of which I think the main intention of the story is. Perhaps, this would only happens to over-emotional girls. But I heard that even boys were spotted crying in the cinema while watching this movie.

Nevertheless, this romantic comedy-drama film is still great in many aspects. Shailene Woodley delivered a wonderful heartfelt performance as Hazel. Ansel Elgort isn’t bad too as Gus, but he needs improvement. Well-written. Well-acted. Moving and romantic. And even entertaining to some point.  This is worth-watching. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ a total of 7.5. ‘The Fault in Our Stars’…What a nice title to this lovely story.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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