MOVIE REVIEW: The Fault in Our Stars (Spoiler Free)

This post originally appeared at Yes, it says “spoiler free”, although I think this YouTuber said it pretty elegantly: For people saying “no spoilers!” for the TFiOS film it is literally the book word for word so you’ve already been substantially spoiled — Cassidy Sharples (@CassJayTuck) June 6, 2014 Because, it’s true.  But, hey, […]


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Yes, it says “spoiler free”, although I think this YouTuber said it pretty elegantly:

Because, it’s true.  But, hey, I won’t talk specifics because I know people out there still just don’t want to know.

So this will be short.

The Fault in Our Stars is one of those books that seems to add something to your life–one of those books that gets you to look at life in a new perspective.  And the movie accomplishes that.

I went in hoping I wouldn’t cry (but deep down knowing that I would).  But I didn’t shed tears at the moments I thought I would.  Rather, the things that got to me were the smaller details: the expressions on an actor’s face, a line of dialogue I had forgotten existed, the music, the camera angle.  Yeah, I know.  Those are the things that marked me.  They’re small and trivial.  They are the details, and they are what made it real to me.

It’s important to consider the details.  Those details, while things most of us overlook when we watch a movie, are what bring the stories we love to life.  The actors did an incredible job expressing emotion and I believe that’s all thanks to the small details they paid attention to.

Ansel Elgort’s crooked smile as he recites the world’s corniest line. Shailene Woodley’s ability to bring frustration, anger, joy, and devastation into your heart.  Laura Dern’s capacity to make a character you never thought too much of become the character you hope so much for.

Those are just a few thoughts that caught my attention as I watched the film.  Most of the credit has to go to the actors, I think.  You could sense that they all felt so connected to their characters (rumor has it that everyone on set read the book).  They paid attention to those little details, and at the end of it all, that’s what made it seem real.  And I think in the end, that’s why so many people have connected to this book, and why so many are connecting to this movie.

It’s a real story, about real people–people who you really know.

Did you see TFiOS? What did you think about it? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Saul Marquez founded Bookstacked in 2014 and serves as the site's Editor-in-Chief. He primarily covers news for Bookstacked. He also co-hosts Bookmarked: A YA Book Podcast.

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