The Fault in Our Stars (2014)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Reaches younger audience.

There was a time in my life where the position of an oncologist was something I would have liked to have pursued. I’ve gone as far as looked into schooling, because cancer victims have always had a warm place in my heart, even though I’ve never known one personally. To make a long story short, any field in medicine is very competitive and tedious, so I eventually went a different route. So it shouldn’t really be surprising to hear that I like movies that represent cancer – especially if done in a tasteful light. The Fault in Our Stars is a movie that I know has made an impression on a certain audience, but I’m not sure I personally fit into that group.

The film introduces us to young Hazel Grace, played by Shailene Woodley. She has a bad lung and is prone to cancer, and is understandably friends with a bunch of other cancer-prone teens. One of those teens is Gus (Ansel Elgort), who recently lost a leg to cancer. He’s a very life-loving kind of guy that stares death in the face, but it’s his personality and attitude that ultimately wins her heart. When they hear from their favorite author in Amsterdam, they seek the author out before they die in order to answer some unanswered questions from his book.

Can I just put something out there, because I haven’t seen anyone mention this yet…Ansel Elgort plays her on-screen brother in Divergent…which of course came out earlier this year. I know they aren’t really siblings and that they only play the parts in a completely different project, but I can’t help but see the other characters when they get intimate…and so it’s strange. Not only that, but Shailene has also starred in another romance with another Divergent co-star in The Spectacular Now. I guess it’s just a fun fact, but if anyone is like me, even by a small amount, that kind of connection can hinder the overall experience.

So anyways, back to the review – I did like it, but I think it suits a younger audience than it does an older – specifically speaking, a young adult market. Every character that actually holds focus in this film is young. It ranges on discussion topics, and yes, some of those are serious, adult-like topics – but what is really powerful about this film is the connections and chemistry between characters. I could connect with the characters on some level, but it’s obvious to me that it wasn’t meant for someone in my age range. It was meant for a younger generation. So the heart-tugging moments in this film aren’t super impressive.

I will say that the cancer was presented in a tasteful, believable light, but compared with the acting…let’s just say there were faults in the stars. The acting wasn’t horrible by any means, but we’ve seen better representations of similar stories. At the heart, it’s a beautiful story – no doubt. Everything about young love, and living with non-stop struggles is very moving. I guess if I was younger, it would connect with me more.

The Good:

The Fault in Our Stars is a very moving film that is targeted towards a younger audience either experiencing the same issues with love or with sickness. Either in themselves or with people that they love and care for.

The Bad:

It doesn’t fit a completely wide audience. The focus of the film centers on a young couple, and it’s that age range that the film directly affects. However, as easily-watchable as this film is, it’s not as good as it could have been.

The Random:

The characters in this movie totally spend time at a Barnes & Noble Café. In Indiana. Which is where I work. and live.


2 thoughts on “The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

  1. Eh. I liked what the film was trying to do, but these kids just never felt real to me. Especially since they talked so “hip” and “cool” that after awhile, I just wanted someone to shut them the hell up!


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