How to Tell Sad Stories: The Fault in Our Stars


For everyone who wrote this movie off as another predicable sob story, you are sadly mistaken, no pun intended. The director and author are both able to craft a sad story in such a way where you learn so much about yourself in the process of watching this remarkable film.
Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters are the two most refreshing characters I have had the pleasure to see transform the screen in a long time. The Fault in Our Stars holds nothing back, but is poignant, funny, heart warming and heartbreaking all at the same time. This film has the ability to make you believe in your dreams not because the two main characters have cancer, but how they go about handling it is inspiring, brave, and therefore miraculous. The story takes us into the life of Hazel someone who’s life is changed by Augustus not simply because he is a boy who charms her and won’t stay away despite her requests. It is changed because of the kind of human being Gus is. The diction in this movie is impeccable. Funny and witty, the monologues cause us to pause and consider things such as “That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.”
Many scenes make us laugh, some made me cry. The thing is I don’t ever allow myself to cry in the theater. This film did not give me that choice. It caused tears to flow freely down my cheeks and have me openly weeping. The movie does follow the book more closely than some others have in the past so readers won’t be disappointed. When drinking champagne together, the waiter told a story of the creation of the champagne saying “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars.” This movie shows the perseverance of the human spirit and the power of love. Through verbal and non verbal dialogue Gus, Hazel, and Isaac take us with them on their coming of age journey. (I promise this is not the boring obnoxious coming of age filled with symbols, it is a brilliant coming of age story littered with symbols.) It was truly a pleasure to witness the pure joy in the darkness of moments and understand what it means to be human.

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