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.