30 June 2014

The Fault In Our Stars 1

The Fault In Our Stars is a film that has the audience crying, laughing, and then crying just that little bit more, until you don’t think you have any tears left!

Josh Boone’s film adaptation of the novel by John Green tells the story of Hazel and Gus, who both share the pain of suffering through cancer. This is definitely a love story that has an even bigger story holding it in place. You feel the relief and hope when things are turning out for the better, you feel the emotion and devastation when things aren’t going the way they wanted, and you go through the journey of Hazel and Gus supporting each other no matter what. Josh Boone uses a powerful and emotional flashback that takes you through the tragic events of Hazel finding out she had cancer at 13. Even though it only lasts for a few minutes, you can still feel and see the true emotion. It makes you empathise with the cast, and it reduces you to tears in only just the first few seconds.

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort portray a true affection and love for one another; it captures the audience’s hearts and makes you want every one of their problems to fade away, so that nothing could be holding them back and standing in there way. However, it also shows the bond between parent and child, and it shows you all the different sides to their relationship. This is definitely not a stereotypical love story and its a film that leaves you walking out the cinema thinking about all the different challenges people have to face on a day to day life. You can’t walk out of The Fault In Our Stars thinking ‘like that’s ever going to happen’ because the film is so well written and directed that you truly believe that you are not watching a film, but actually watching real peoples lives unravel right in front of your eyes.

This is a film that I would recommend to anyone who is thinking of going to see a something heart warming, funny, emotional and has a plot that can’t be criticised. Just remember to take plenty of tissues, because you are going to need them!

Holly Glover

The Fault In Our Stars is showing at FACT until Tuesday 1 July. To book tickets, visit our website or call the Picturehouse tickets and information line on 0871 902 5737.