The Fault in Our Stars Blu-ray/DVD review

poster_md2If you’re a fan of young adult novels, then this one gets top prize for being one of the most romantic roller coasters of the year. The Fault in Our Stars opens with 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster, played by Shailene Woodley, who warns you what kind of a story this is—or rather, what it’s not. Hazel has thyroid cancer, which has spread to her lungs and so she is forced to carry a portable oxygen tank to help her breathe. At a cancer support group, she meets the carefree hunk Augustus “Gus” Waters, played by Ansel Elgort, whose osteosarcoma condition has caused him to lose a leg. Yet from the moment they meet, their chemistry is undeniable. Hazel’s intelligence and Gus’ quick wits make them perfectly suited for each other. But Hazel has no plans—or time—for love. Hazel believes that she is, as she lightly puts it, a “grenade” that will destroy everything around her. Gus, however, convinces her that he is in love with her and nothing she says can make him change the way he feels.

From the time Gus enters her world, Hazel is never the same. She shares her favorite book with him and reveals her wish to meet author Peter Van Houten. Of course, heart-of-gold Gus uses his last dying wish for them to go to Amsterdam and meet Van Houten. Things don’t go as planned, but the two manage to make Amsterdam a memorable experience. Hazel ultimately falls for Gus, saying: “I fell in love with him the way you fall asleep. Slowly, and then all at once.” The Fault in Our Stars is filled with  beautiful lines and soulful metaphors.

Director Josh Boone has done justice to the book, adapting Josh Green’s New York Times bestseller into a heartwarming film for young adults. Fans of the book will certainly not be disappointed at seeing their beloved characters come to life. This is not just another cancer story—this film comes with a strong cast, stellar performance and a moving message. Shailene Woodley makes Hazel Grace more of a hero than a victim, adding depth and emotion to her character. For his part, Ansel Elgort portrays Gus with such sincerity that you instantly fall for his character. This film will bring out the waterworks, guaranteed, but the fine dialogue and fresh love story will make you admire the characters and appreciate the little moments.

Blu-ray features include The Fault in Our Stars Extended and Theatrical Versions, The Stars Align: Book to Screen, Audio Commentary by Director Josh Boone and John Green and Promotional Featurettes. ~Marriska Fernandes

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  1. jaylin • September 20, 2014 @ 6:55 PM

    I just watched the fault in our stars and as me being the person that I am I feel something me too like hazel feels like oblivine should in my perspective not be feared but not wanted. mainly because of the fact that like peter van hounten suggestes that some infinites are bigger than other infinetes. and so there love story just tops it all off and for that fact i love the way she hazel grace lancaster states I fall in love with you the way u fall asleep, slowley than all at onece. in the book that i have also encountered and also love she says that agustus waters is therefore the only teeanage boy that can make staring at you so unconfterfeble, or that he so rock a rediscuollsliy cute crroked smile. another thing thing i love about the book and the movie is all the wonderful metaphors in the book. my favorite is well it is a methaphor. that is well let me explain that is metaphore is encountered when hazel grace encounters augustus waters. outside of the littarel heart of Jesus when he puts a cigarette in his mouth and hazel said he had ruined the whole thing and more of the less he explains he has never lit one and that you put the thing that does the killing in between your teeth but never give it the power to kill you.and for that agustus waters i think you are brilliant and so cute that me especially along with many other girls, you make us fall head over heels for you. now as for you hazel grace landcaster i admire you not just today and not just tommarow but until oblivion hits i will admire you for forever. because you are talented, you think like me well thought out and with that that is my review on the fault in our stars.

  2. Gladys Marie • September 22, 2014 @ 2:52 PM

    I loved this movie – yes it is a tear jerker too!!! It is the 21st Century “Love Story” but with a few twists too!!! I felt the main actors were so believeable – it was so much like a true love story… and so real – with happy & sad moments but all & all a movie I have highly recommended – to young and old!!!

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