Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe
Running Time: 125 minutes
Based on John Green’s young adult novel of the same title, The Fault in Our Stars followed the lives of teens who are fighting cancer.
While the book felt excessively long, the movie felt choppy and like a poorly pieced-together dramatization of various scenes in the book. Without a clear purpose, the storyline was non-existent and consequently lacked development and was hard to follow. Characters were not at all fleshed out and for the most part were poorly acted. Devoid of charm and feelings, this movie had a poor prognosis from the moment it started.
In an interview, Green expressed that his book wasn’t about death or cancer. It was about people struggling to accept the idea of ambiguity. Unfortunately, the movie only told a story of teenage love that was slightly blinded and incredibly rushed. It was not heartfelt. One of the better parts of the book was Augustus’s metaphorical use of cigarettes. In the movie, he looked like a jerk with a cigarette in between his lips. It doesn’t help that Ansel Elgort absolutely cannot act.
We disliked the book. The movie was worse. Our favorite scene was when the credits rolled.