Monday, June 23, 2014

Movie Monday: The Fault in Our Stars

Okay, y'all. It's been out for a couple of weeks now and most people who are going to see it have done so. So let's talk about TFiOS, shall we?

What I loved:
- Pretty much everything.
- The script. So much of it was lifted directly from the book and it worked really well.
- Nat Wolff. Holy crap, he stole the show in every scene he was in.
- Laura Dern and Sam Trammell. You got a far better sense of how Hazel's illness effected their daily lives on screen.
- Cannulas and oxygen tanks and artificial limbs all over the place! OH HAI, VISIBLE DISABILITIES!
- It was one of the most authentic-to-the-book adaptations I've ever seen.

What I wasn't expecting:
- How funny it was. Sure, the book has its funny moments. And I think part of my surprise about the humour of the movie was that it had been a couple of years since I'd last read the book. But the movie was
FUNNY. And not just one or two funny moments. Like, at least half the movie was funny.
This was way funnier than it should have been. Source
- Which moment would actually tip me over the edge into crying. I'd teared up a few times before then, but Isaac's eulogy was what threw me into the full on ugly cry.
- For them to have randomly made Hazel and Gus a year older in the movie than they are in the book. I'm not really sure why they did that, to be honest. But whatever.

What I was a little disappointed about:
- That we didn't get Hazel and Gus brainstorming what to say in the advert for the swingset.
- That we didn't get "Hump the moist cave wall". Admittedly, it would have interrupted the flow of the movie to have that happen after Gus' death. But surely they could have put it in somewhere else??
- "I lit up like a Christmas tree, Hazel Grace". I thought for SURE that moment would make me cry. But no...

SO. What did you guys think? Was it as good as you thought it would be? Did it live up to the hype? I NEED TO KNOOOOOOW.

K xx


  1. Wilhelmina UptonJune 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Oh, this just reminded me to get my shit together and as a friend to go watch it with me. Or I'll just have to watch it by myself :-)

  2. I loved it. I agree that it was definitely one of the most authentic book-to-movie adaptations I've seen.

    "I lit up like a Christmas tree, Hazel Grace" or thereabouts was when I pretty much went into the ugly cry. I got dry eyed for a little bit as emotions settled but then when he actually died, oh man. All the tears.

    And I laughed a lot when Isaac was yelling into the pillow too, so, you know, you're not the only one.

  3. I thought they did a great job with it. I also started crying at Isaac's eulogy, and wished they'd included the swingset scene. I intentionally did not re-read the book before seeing the movie so I wouldn't be expecting things to be a specific way, so there were only a few moments/lines that I noticed as being different. What bothered me way more was that there were at least 5 different things from the trailer that weren't actually in the movie! Since I'd watched the trailer(s) multiple times, it was weird when I expected certain lines (like "We're a hot mess") that they never actually said in the movie. But besides all of that, I thought it was wonderful and very faithful to the book.

  4. I HAAAAAAAAAAAAATE when there are lines in the trailer that aren't in the movie. Presumably they're from deleted scenes, but it still drives me absolutely nuts. Like, I end up sitting in the cinema going "WHERE WAS THAT LINE? AND THAT OTHER LINE? AND THAT MOMENT? WHEEEEEERE????". Sigh.

  5. I'm so glad I wasn't the only callous person laughing at Isaac's pain.

  6. Make sure that it's a friend who'll be happy to tolerate you ugly crying throughout!

  7. Wilhelmina UptonJune 27, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    I actually didn't cry but my friend who didn't know the story cried pretty much throughout all of it. I felt so bad for her but also couldn't stop giggling because I knew this was coming.

    Loved the film but the book evoked more emotions from me and I missed some stuff, like all the Isaac plot though I understand stuff had to be cut to make it all fit.


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