DWF Review of The Fault in Our Stars Movie

My girls and I just came back from an afternoon showing of the movie The Fault in Our Stars adapted from the book by the same name by author John Green. I won’t spoil the movie for you, so don’t worry. But it is very good.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it, as most often I don’t like the movie versions of favorite books. But this one stayed very true to the book and the characters were authentic.  It is a pleasure to watch this movie and share it with my teenage girls.

There are a few things that I noticed that I would have changed.  The biggest thing is that it is very hard to make a movie from a book that is very deep and refers often to quotes from another book, in this case a book that doesn’t exist. Some of the complexity of The Fault in Our Stars is lost in the movie, it does not however lessen the likeability of the movie.  It just makes you want to go back and read the book again, because it is wonderful.  The other thing that I would have enjoyed more is a little more time spent on the other fantastic characters in the book. However the movie is 2 hours and 5 minutes long, I am sure it was difficult to make this movie in a time frame that audiences can sit through. That sadly means that the depths of the other characters besides Hazel and Augustus had to be narrowed down. Again, this just makes me want to go back to the book and read it again.

The movie is very good. It is gripping, tells a great story, and leaves you walking from the theater feeling like you had an experience.  That’s what I want from a movie. There are moments in the movie that as a Mother, I wanted to go hug my kids and tell them how much I love them.  I am glad I saw it with my girls,  because it’s a great story that reaches across the age barriers. We all shed a few tears and laughed together about our love of Augustus and Hazel and our love of this incredible story by the amazingly talented John Green.

 

6 comments

  1. Thank you so much for the review. This is a movie/book, my Best friend and I have wanted to go and see/read, for quite some time now. Two quick questions about it though, 1) How “Romantic” is this movie? and 2) What is the age group/maturity level you would suggest for it? we have some younger siblings who would like to go along, if we do end up seeing this one.
    We are both fifteen, so we gravitate to these types of books/movies, just a little bit =P Thanks =)
    ~Sunshine

    • I have no problem with older kids seeing it.

      They do cuss a little. They do talk about Virgins. And there is one scene only where two characters are intimate. You don’t SEE anything, but she does remove her bra and you do see her back and his hands.

      So in my Motherly opinion, it is really about how mature the kids are. And the other thing is that they might get a little bored.

      My girls are 14, read the book last year and both loved the movie.

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