(Hazel Grace Lancaster), Lily Kenna (Young Hazel Grace Lancaster), Ansel Elgort
(Augustus Waters), Nat Wolff (Issac), Laura Dem (Frannie Lancaster), Sam
Trammell (Michael Lancaster), Willem Dafoe (Peter Van Houten), Lotte Verbeek
(Lidewij Vliegenthart), Mike Birbiglia (Patrick)
Godfrey, Marty Bowen
Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Mogis, Nate Walcott
by: 20th Century Fox
July, 2014 (India)
hours 05 minutes
name by Josh Green. It is emotionally intense. There are so many moments in the
movie which gave a lump in my throat. It is a tragic love story of two cancer-stricken
people who are almost dying. Yet, characters are so positive. One knows that
much time is not left in life, but still, one has the desire to live life in
the best manner possible. One character fears oblivion after death, and another
character feels that it is inevitable. One is worried, what will happen to her
parents after her death and another character takes efforts to write his own
eulogy. The family goes to any extent to keep the diseased as happy as
possible. No tone of self-pity in the movie. The film is not about crying over
what we don’t have or what we may lose, but learning to live life in what we
have and what we do. It is not the fear of the death that makes one bitter, but
lack of love does. The protagonists understand that “The world is not a
wish-granting factory”, yet they want to make the best of their wishes come
true in the limited lifespan. It is true that ‘Pain demands to be felt’, the
pain of the diseased demands to be felt. What a wonderful movie, which makes
you cry and laugh with the characters. ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ – yes, this
could be true, we may not be able to fight with the destiny but still we can
choose how to respond towards that destiny.
Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), who is suffering from thyroid cancer. She
was diagnosed with cancer at the age of thirteen, and cancer has metastasized
into her lungs. So, she is on oxygen support all the time, breathing with the
help of a nose cannula. She repeatedly reads a book ‘An Imperial Affliction’ by
Peter Van Houten, which is about a girl Anna dying from cancer, and it ended
mid-sentence. Hazel always wanted to seek answer to the question that what
happens later after Anna’s death. Her
parents Frannie Lancaster (Laura Dem) and Michael Lancaster (Sam Trammell) feel
that she is depressed whereas Hazel is not ready to accept the same.
attend a cancer patients’ support group. Hazel embarks a different journey
altogether. There she meets many people suffering just like her. One of them is
charming and cheerful Augustus Waters aka Augustus (Ansel Elgort). Augustus
suffered from osteosarcoma, which led to amputation of his leg, and now almost
recovered. Both of them bond together and start hanging out. Augustus clamps an
unlit cigarette in his mouth as a metaphor- allowing the instrument of death to
sit between his teeth powerless. Hazel starts looking at life with a new
perspective, discovers the world beyond hospitals, medication, pain and cancer.
Their heartfelt exchanges give great moments in the movie. Issac (Nat Wolff)
also joins them in between, who is getting blind due to cancer. Issac brings
lot of humour into the scenes.
protagonist’s good-bye is ‘okay’.
Affliction) author Peter Van Houten and her desire to seek answers for cryptic
end of the book, Augustus takes efforts to contact the author.
answers from him? How does the relationship between Hazel and Augustus shape
up? How do they fight their disease and the harsh reality of their lives? How
do they prepare for the toughest acceptable fact i.e death ? Watch the movie. What an earnest
performance from everyone in this movie.
heart-rending tale of two dying teenagers gives tears in your eyes, and it
makes us appreciate what we have in our lives.
/ 5 (Very Good)