Directed by: Josh Boone
Screenplay by: Scott Neudstadter, John Green
Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster
Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters
Nat Wolff as Isaac
William Dafoe as Peter Van Houten
Sam Trammell as Michael Lancaster
Laura Dern as Frannie Lancaster
Lotte Verbeek as Lidewij
Running Time: 165 minutes
WARNING: THIS IS A SPOILER INDUCED REVIEW. DO READ WITH CAUTION. SORRY. I KNOW THIS REVIEW VIOLATES ALL OF THE PRINCIPLES OF WRITING A GOOD MOVIE REVIEW AND THAT MY CINEMA PROFESSOR WILL HUNT ME DOWN AFTERWARDS. BUT YEAH. SORRY AGAIN.
I don't even know where to begin. I can still feel the effects of the movie. I am so happy with the movie. I knew that this will be a hit. Book turned into movies don't really fly off well in the market these days.
Shailene and Ansel were perfect as Hazel and Gus. The lines were spot on. They really did bring Hazel and Gus to life. 165 minutes is really not enough to squeeze in 300+ pages of goodness. Although, I didn't cry while watching the movie. (Please do not kill me.) I am actually sobbing while I am typing this. I can't help but remember that flashback Hazel had, when she was first diagnosed with cancer and her parents were crying beside her, telling her that she can let go. It's hard for parents to see their child go through something like cancer. I don't even want to imagine what would my parents, especially my mother, would feel had I been diagnosed with cancer. *knocks on my table*
My mom, my brother and I were laughing when Hazel dropped by Gus' house when Isaac's girlfriend, Monica, broke up with him and he was smashing Gus' trophies and they talked about An Imperial Affliction. Those pop ups in the movie weren't distracting at all.
The way Ansel delivered his speech while they dined at Oranjee warmed my heart. I can see in his eyes the love Gus has for Hazel. He loves her no matter what. Hazel's eulogy for Gus broke my heart. Their love story is truly theirs. It wasn't similar to anyone's, fictional or otherwise. They are the epitome of what love should be. Love that is real and true.
I think that concludes my feels induced review. Please do watch it. You will absolutely love this, even if you haven't read the book yet. But you can read the book afterwards.