Movie Review – The Fault in Our Stars


The Fault in Our Stars is one of the deepest movies I’ve ever seen. There was not one part in it that bored me. The movie did not drag one bit; it was very well-developed and well thought out. A bonus? The soundtrack for The Fault in Our Stars was a wise choice, full of songs that capture the feel of the movie. I especially love “Boom Clap” – that’s my jam!

 The Fault in Our Stars is a romantic comedy-drama, but in reality is so much more. It is a journey, a battle for life and for living, an acceptance of death, all tangled up in the lives of two teenagers and their friends. Written and directed by John Green, the movie stars Shailene Woodley’s character, Hazel, the narrator. Ansel Elgort also stars in this film as Augustus Waters, A.K.A. “Gus.” They are both very intelligent, yet witty, characters.

Hazel is a 16-year-old Indianapolis teenage girl, a cancer patient, and Augustus is a 17-year-old cancer survivor. They meet one another at a cancer support group and fall in love throughout the course of the movie. Hazel’s terminal thyroid cancer has metastasized to her lungs. Gus had osteosarcoma, which caused him to lose his leg. The flick shows the stress and strain of dealing with a life-ending disease while trying to continue to live, expressing the expected pitfalls and unexpected joys that the character found along the way.

This movie is not just a love story; it has a much deeper meaning than that. The use of the specific metaphoric phrases and terminologies show this film’s true worth.  It shows that the storyline is not about a cancer patient and a cancer survivor falling in love: it is about life and how it does not always work out the way you want. Also, it shows that time is very valuable. “You put the thing that does the killing right between your teeth, but you don’t never give it the power to kill you,” Gus says of his always-there but never-smoked cigarette.

    The Fault in Our Stars is overall a great movie and one you should definitely check out. The movie is not just sad and teary; it has its funny moments too, and gives viewers a realistic look at living with the possibility of losing a life before it ever truly begins. This 2014 film deserves a five star rating.