Source: Saw in theaters
Summary from IMDB:
Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.
Oh, The Fault in Our Stars. You wrecked me as much as I had hoped you would.
I was pretty pleased overall with the adaption. It hit all the highlights of the book for me. Hazel’s uncertainty and fear of hurting her loved ones came across beautifully. You see her struggle with wanting to do as little damage as possible while still wanting to get the most out of life. Gus’ charm and wittiness was a smidge lacking though. That’s not to say that Ansel did a bad job because he didn’t. Book Gus was incredibly charming. Almost sickeningly so. I remember having a goofy grin on my face when he would appear. He also did those speeches that were moving. I think Ansel did a great job of mellowing Gus out. My biggest complaint about the book was I never imagined Gus as a real person because of how he acted. Ansel managed to take that big personality and turn him into someone real (for me).
I wish we saw more of the grittiness of the medical side of cancer and the physical side of it. We absolutely saw how cancer messed with everyone emotionally. I wanted to see more of the ‘really’ bad stuff. I actually particularly liked the scene where Gus calls Hazel at the gas station in the middle of the night. That scene was definitely rough to watch. Gus was a snotty, slimy, vomity mess but that’s real. That’s what being sick does to you. It would have been nice to see more because it really drives home the point of how cruel this disease is.
Even though I knew what the story was and knew how things would play out, I still got caught up in everything. I cried as much as I did in the book. You really felt everything. Shailene and Ansel really turned up the chemistry. I was more than a little weirded out because they played brother and sister in Divergent. Thankfully, the sibling vibe was no where to be seen. Their chemistry really felt natural.
The bottom line? Great adaption. Recommended for reader of the book and non-readers alike.