It seems you can’t go anywhere these days without hearing about The Fault in Our Stars. The New York Times Best-Selling novel by author John Green has been on the top of almost every must-read list for months and now that the movie adaptation of the book has hit the big screen, it’s pretty much all anyone (especially women) can talk about. The Fault in Our Stars is the unlikely love story between two teens. Unlikely only because the pair meet in a cancer support group. I don’t think I’m giving anything away by saying that the book, as well as the movie, are complete tear-jerkers. That said, there is something so moving and almost magnetic about The Fault in Our Stars that one can’t help but fall in love with it. The love story of Hazel (Shailene Woodley), who is destine to walk through life with an oxygen tank and Gus (Ansel Elgort), a former star basketball player who now has a prosthetic leg, is perhaps one of the most romantic modern love stories out there. Among other things, Hazel and Gus bond over the book An Imperial Affliction. Gus uses his “wish” (think Make a Wish Foundation) to take his love to Amsterdam to meet the author that they both admire. While some aspects of the trip turn out to be a bust, the European getaway is completely magical. Anyone who has been in love or pined for someone or something will absolutely swoon at Gus’ love for Hazel. The thought of two young people dealing with so much and feeling so much can be a bit overwhelming to comprehend, but it makes the movie all the more fascinating. The on-screen chemistry between Woodley and Elgort is fantastic. Despite their hardships, Hazel and Gus are fun characters and both Woodley and Elgort bring their stories to the screen in a relatable way, ensuring that the audience is deeply invested in their story. As I said before, this is a tear-jerker. Sure, there are a few smiles to be had here and there — after all, it is a love story — but get ready for a heavy film. As far as romantic movies go, I’d rate it highly. If you’re a fan of the book, this movie is a must-see, just don’t forget the tissues!
Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.