The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars
Genre
Year2014
CountryUSAUSA
Premiere
USA06.06.2014
Budget$12 000 000
Box
in world$309 225 291
USA$124 872 350
In other countries$182 294 484
Russia$2 058 457
Blu-Ray16.10.2014
DVD16.10.2014
MPAAPG-13
Storyline
Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a similarly afflicted teen from her cancer support group. Hazel feels that Gus really understands her. They both share the same acerbic wit and a love of books, especially Grace's touchstone, "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the reclusive author, he and Hazel embark on the adventure of their brief lives.

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Director

Josh Boone
Josh Boone

Actors

Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley
Hazel
Ansel Elgort
Ansel Elgort
Gus
Laura Dern
Laura Dern
Frannie
Sam Trammell
Sam Trammell
Michael
Nat Wolff
Nat Wolff
Isaac
Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
Van Houten
Lotte Verbeek
Lotte Verbeek
Lidewij

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Movie Reviews

Sincerity and emotionality

We all dream of a better life, speculating what awaits us ahead, making plans on what we should manage to do before we die and on how long our life can be. But life’s a bitch and it sometimes derails all our plans dictating its own game rules. You can say just at the first sight that there’s nothing special in a film where a dying girl falls in love. Besides, we all know the like movies as, for instance, Autumn in New York (2000) or A Walk to Remember (2002). The thing is though, that these films make us think of how precious our life is, how dull we spend our time and how many people are just deprived of such a privilege. Moreover, this movie shows us that love is a wonderful feeling and it doesn’t fear any barriers, nor time, nor even death itself. When you fall in love with somebody and spend some time with that person, you understand that these moments were much more valuable than your whole life.

This movie is about the sincere wish of a person to live and enjoy life despite a severe illness. The stories like that should teach us not to give up when we face obstacles which seem at first sight far more frightful than they actually are. Thanks to such films we learn to raise before we fall and to struggle to the last, just as the main female character of this movie did. She wasn’t got down by a terrific diagnosis, nor by the illness which took her life away.

The story itself makes the strongest impression. It’s achieved mostly due a unique balance between sentimentality, romanticism and rough life circumstances which were described by John Green, the author of the novel, very convincing, just the way it was finally depicted by the movie director Josh Boone. All that makes this film a highly sensitive movie which is filled with emotions. Watching it you feel sad, laugh and weep together with the main characters. At the same time you’re simply afraid to close your eyes or turn back. This movie totally fascinates you. Frankly speaking, not every film is capable of such an effect. Even after having watched it you feel that it left an indelible mark deep inside you. It allows you to make essential conclusions, and namely that it’s stupid to grumble at your life, for there are people who are not so lucky as we are. You just mustn’t spend your time in vain and you don’t have to fear living a full life.

Undoubtedly, the fantastic actor duo makes this movie wonderful. Shailene Woodley has got an incredible gift. Watching her heroines you don’t even notice the playing of a greatly talented actress. You can see the real woman enjoying her life and suffering, just the way we all do. She is unbelievably natural in any role, and this film is no exception. I even think that she has implemented the best character in her career in that movie. Unlike the most other actresses playing similar roles she doesn’t try to pull a guilty card on a spectator during the whole picture. She evokes only sincere emotions and you feel a really great sympathy for her.

Like Woodley, Ancel Elgort has played his best character as for the present as well. He not only pictured an ideal guy, merry and cheerful, but he also managed to show the way in which one should behave. Just to laugh courageously facing barriers and enjoy your life despite everything. In my opinion, both these actors created one of the most organic and beautiful pairs you could ever see in movies. You get a real pleasure watching them.

So the stars contributed greatly to that picture. It’s not just a feature film, it’s an emotional movie with a lot of feelings. That’s why, when you watch it you feel happy, you laugh and grieve. For the whole movie differs greatly from the usual “pink snots” that are typical for that genre and the story of the main characters seems to be very close to a real life, you just cannot but feel sincere compassion for these people. At the same time you make precious conclusions from what you’ve watched. Still you realize that it’s impossible to describe in words spiritual force and excellence of that movie, no matter how much you would speak or write about it.

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