Movie of the Week: The Fault in Our Stars

After weeks I finally found the time to go to the movies and watch The Fault in Our Stars. I must say, that although the book is sitting in my nightstand, a present from a friend of mine for my birthday, I still haven’t even opened it (truth is, dramas depress me!).

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I walked in the movie knowing the general premise: it’s a book about teenagers with cancer, they fall in love and Gus dies! After weeks of raving reviews, friends telling me that I should take a whole bunch of paper tissues, I have to admit that I was expecting a pretty spectacular movie, with a pretty spectacular story.

So, there I was. I bought a package of tissue paper, a bucket of popcorn and there I went. Well, I liked it, but I didn’t “oh, it’s the best movie ever” kind of liked it. It’s beautiful, moving and sad… but predictable! Sure, I shed a few tears, but come on… it’s me… I cry watching any kind of movie… I cried harder on some scenes of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes today as well… worst for me was the eulogy scene, where Augustus makes Hazel and Isaac do their eulogies before he dies. But from the start I knew this movie wasn’t about how they deal with their diseases… it was always about who is left behind!

Still, worth watching, maybe I’ll like the book slightly more…

4 thoughts on “Movie of the Week: The Fault in Our Stars

  1. impossiblegirl123 says:

    I think you should have read the book first! I think it would have been way more fun and that Gus dies is a major spoiler you should have never ever known before watching the movie! I love the Fault in Our Stars, both the movie and the book. The movie is such a faithful adaptation and while it definitely is sad, I always feel like it praises life and not death – which is a great thing to do.
    I know a lot of people who were disappointed or not as emotionally involved while watching the movie because their expectations were too high. Exposing yourself to tons of reviews etc. before watching the movie is never a good idea, because even though you might tell yourself you are not biased, you’ll always be a little influenced by what you’ve heard. At least that’s my opinion, but then again I didn’t cry that much at the movie either …

    • MyTinyObsessions says:

      I really don’t mind spoilers and reviews, I usually seek them, but this was not the case. I wasn’t emotionally invested because it’s probably not my kind of story to be told, but I do appreciate sometime the drama of the human life.

      You’re right that it’s great that it praises life and not death, but if I remember correctly “My Sister’s Keeper” did that as well. It’s great, but it’s an already predictable direction that this kind of stories take (and rightly so).

      Having a best friend that thinks this is the best thing ever, probably didn’t help! Hey, I think Doctor Who is one of the best things ever and she couldn’t sit through an episode 😦 .

      Ultimately, the expectations were too high. There was a lot of buzz everywhere I looked about John Green and TFIOS, and although I found it a great movie (and probably an awesome book), it wasn’t as awesome as I’d hope.

      For instance, when I went to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I haven’t read the book yet, and it blew me away, because it was fresh and unexpected. I love it. Read the book, watched the movie again, love it even more (and cried throughout the whole thing!). What I found most disappointing in TFIOS was not about what I already knew, was that the message was clear right from the beginning… but I’ll say it again: I really liked it!

      • impossiblegirl123 says:

        I think the book of My Sister’s Keeper was way better and much less predictable than the actual movie, yet I liked both. And for the Perks of Being a Wallflower … everybody loves that book, but I don’t. I like the story behind it, but I found the writing incredibly tiring.
        Every movie and book has its flaws and I didn’t mean to presume why you didn’t enjoy TFIOS as much, but I just saw so many people being disappointed because their expectations were way too high.

        Oh, I like spoilers too, but I balled my eyes out during the last 100 pages of TFIOS because I didn’t expect the Gus-thing. That’s why I always thought it would be better not to know that that happens.

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