Based on the critically acclaimed book by John Green, “The Fault In Our Stars” follows the story of two teenagers, Hazel (depicted by Shailene Woodley) and Augustus (Ansel Elgort), who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group.
Early on in the film, Hazel says: “Pain demands to be felt.” This line is not only about her cancer, but what the viewers are about to experience, as they learn of the devastating story of Hazel’s ongoing battle with the disease.
However, the regular laugh out loud moments provide light relief from the powerful, tear-jerking scenes, as The Fault In Our Stars takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster.
It’s this broad range of feelings that truly demonstrates Woodley’s acting abilities. From her breaking down in tears in one scene to being a loved-up teenager in the next, Woodley delivers a fantastic performance throughout.
This is greatly assisted by the on-screen relationship between Woodley and Elgort, who previously depicted a brother and sister in “Divergent”. The chemistry between the two is evident from their initial encounter and, for the film’s entirety, viewers will be convinced that they are a couple in love.
Adapted by screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber (who wrote “(500) Days of Summer”), the film sticks very closely to the book. While many would have shied away from some of the more intense scenes, they were handled brilliantly.
Adding to the emotion of such scenes is the film’s soundtrack, which features predominantly throughout. Big names such as Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg, Birdy and Tom Odell all lent their names to the soundtrack, which really helps bring the film to life. Likewise, there are some brilliant quotes integrated into the script, which truly stand out.