The Fault In Our Stars is based on the number one best selling novel by John Green and was released in cinemas at the beginning of this summer. The film is a perfect adaptation of the book following the tragic love story of Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elogort). The audience are taken on a thrilling journey filled with moments of laughter, hope and sadness, shining a realistic light on the issues faced as a teenage cancer patient. If you haven’t seen it already then this is an absolute must, just don’t forget to have the tissues at the ready!
Hazel was diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid at just 12 years old which slowly spread to her lungs. A new trial drug is tested on her with positive effects giving Hazel a better chance of surviving. However this new chance of life is tainted by her illness as Hazel slumps into a boring routine of hospital appointments and hanging out with her parents. In an attempt to bring some positivity back Hazels mum (Laura Dern) encourages Hazel to attend a cancer support group. Hazel begrungingly agrees to go but is pleasantly surprised as she literally bumps into Gus and is instantly attracted to him. Gus also suffered from cancer but his condition had stabalized after having his right leg amputated. The pair instantly get on matching each others sharp wit and as they spend more time together they fall in love.
Hazel is obsessed with a book called “An imperial Affliction” which tells the story of a young girl dying of cancer. The book has a abrupt ending that has left Hazel wondering for years and after getting Gus to read it he feels the same. Hazels need to know what happened to the family and friends after the character dies is clearly a reflection of her own worries. Gus uses his ‘wish’ to take them on a trip Amsterdam to meet the author (William Defoe) of the book in an attempt to answer Hazels questions. The trip doesn’t quite go to plan but gives the pair a chance to connect even further. The sequence of events afterwards take a negative turn and are absolutely heartbreaking to watch. The story ends on a heart warming note, not quite a happy ending due to its subject matter but rather a thought provoking one which is alot more effective.
Overall the film wonderfully orchestrates the book in which it was based on. It approaches the issues of living with cancer with sensitivity and does not manipulate or exploit the situation. It has a very honest appeal to it, as an audience you are aware that either Hazel or Gus are going to inevitably loose their battle which makes the film realistic. Both Woodley and Elogort give excellently natural performances that feel warm and charming, which steer away from any cliched cancer dramas.
The Fault In Our Stars is now available to buy & keep from the Sky Store where £1 of each purchase will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust. To celebrate its release Sky teamed up with the the charity and Twentieth Century Fox to hold a special screening of the film at the Sky Superscreens in the O2. The event was hosted by Andy Jordan from reality TV show Made In Chelsea and highlighted the importance of the charity and the service it provides. Various competition winners, special guests and writers were treated to drinks, lots of sweets and crisps at the bar before hand. They were also given the chance to have their picture taken with some celebrities which also attended and have it signed which was a thoughtful addition.
Help support the cause by purchasing this beautifully heartbreaking film on Sky Digital or alternatively text “Stars” to 70300 to donate just £1 to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The Fault in Our Stars is released on Blu-Ray and DVD on the 3rd November.