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If you are looking for a good adaptation, this is it.,
This review is from: The Fault in Our Stars [ Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD ] (Blu-ray)
For starters, this movie will make even the most hard of hearts cry. If you've read the book, you know what will be coming, and you will cry anyway. If you haven't, then the pain of the heartbreak will just flow over you in waves of intense emotion that will only cease whenever you decide to get a hold of yourself. But honestly, you won't want to.
The story is not like most of the teenage movies you see today, filled with fantasy and werewolves, but instead of the most unlikely people. The sick ones, the ones that only stand out because they themselves have a defect. For Augustus, the fake leg, and for Hazel, and oxygen tank that she has to wheel around with her. They fall in love through a cancer support group, and go on a trip to meet Van Houten, the author of Hazel's favorite book. Though as the trip does not go as they planned, they make the very best of it until the secret is out right before they leave, and the movie takes a turn towards the neverending waterfall of tears.
I won't spoil it for you, but the ending is tragic.
More than half of the movie is quoted directly from the book, which is just something that is unheard of in today's book to film adaptations. The soundtrack for the movie is stellar, with lyrics that only increase the tears throughout the movie. The acting is spectacular, especially in the gas station scene, as well as the Pre-Funeral.
My only complaint is that they left out one of my favorite lines in the entire book. "My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations." A short phrase, really, but such an important one. They leave out little details like the machine that helps her breathe at night, her blue teddy bear, and the fact that she looks like Caroline Mathers, Gus' old girlfriend. That being said, all of these things were not necessary to the movie in any way shape or form, just to the book, and tbh, I am okay with these changes.
Overall, this is by far the best book to film adaptation I have ever seen. I'm impressed and heartbroken in the best possible way.