It is always difficult to watch a movie adaptation of a favourite book.
You walk in with many of your own preconceptions and ideas for what characters should look or act like.
If you are a pedantic, exacting sort of person about the storylines you love, then you may often walk out believing wholeheartedly that you would have been able to adapt the said novel much better than anyone involved in the production of the film.
Thankfully, this is not the case with The Fault in Our Stars.
Based on the bestseller by author
He was banking on his built-in base of "nerdfighters", a community that surrounds the videos he and his brother Hank make on
However, it was soon apparent the book was gaining traction, and the movie rights were signed over to
Relatively new director
They are supported by veteran actors
The film manages to balance perfectly between being true to both the spirit and the letter of the book, while simultaneously adapting it to the screen and turning the story into something new.
Although, like the book, there are some moments that feel quite pretentious or overdrawn, overall it is refreshingly romantic and subdued.
Woodley is a sight to behold as Hazel, her emotions so vivid and affecting that I warrant most viewers will find her grief or sorrow difficult to watch.
It is also shot beautifully, on location, and Boone's ability to use close shots interposed with landscapes and architecture makes the viewer feel as if they are genuinely standing in the middle of the story.
A movie well worth the watch.
The Fault in Our Stars is now showing at
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