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Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Movie Review: The Fault In Our Stars (Sophia's Hunt Continues)

The Fault In Our Stars
Based on the novel by John Green
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff
Release Date: June 6, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13

Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

Well, I finally got the chance to watch this. (Lupe: ABOUT TIME, SOPHIA.)

The Fault in Our Stars, based on the bestselling novel by John Green, is about a girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster with cancer and spends most of her time going to support group, eating meds, and living life as normally as possible. She hates going to support group, until she meets Augustus Waters, who lost a leg due to cancer.

Let's just say I like how the movie is quite accurate to the book, and how there are quotes implemented from the book. Then again, I love it when movies are accurate with the book version, or as close to accurate as can be (yes, I understand there's a budget and some things are highly unnecessary, but is dying hair really that expensive?). It simply made things more enjoyable (as enjoyable as someone who entertained herself while partially doing chemistry).

I'm also going to put it out there that I didn't cry. At all. With both book and movie. I actually found the movie absolutely hilarious, until you get to the end, where everything is all serious (Lupe: *sputters* What? How could you say that?!). I never really found Isaac's singing, Augustus asking Hazel about her wish, the meeting with Peter Van Houten, or the egg throwing really funny until I had the visual version right in front of me.

(I'm apparently a visual person. A very fatal flaw in the reading portion of the ACT where I must read every word to comprehend the story.)

Shailene Woodley didn't do too bad in portraying Hazel. She's more emotional and "normal" here than she is in Divergent, which is an entirely different spectrum, but I'm with everyone that says she's better as Tris than Hazel. It just feels really weird having Woodley portraying Hazel. (I suppose the very fact I watched Divergent several days before I watched The Fault in Our Stars didn't help too much.)

The Fault in Our Stars, per say, is just a movie with an adorable romance and hilarious moments. Thus, the hunt for a movie that will make me cry continues (Clockwork Princess, If I Stay and Ever After are ties in the book department).

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.