One of the best feelings you can experience as a film buff is thinking that a film looks awful from its trailers, only to find that it’s actually quite brilliant. That experience came along with this year’s The Fault in Our Stars, which was made to look like another run of the mill, clichéd romance drama that ignored the heart of the book and what made it so brilliant.
But, upon watching, it was when you realised that it’s brilliance was still there.
Sure, the film is clichéd; how could it not be? From its set up to its execution, it feels very samey, yet like nothing you’ve seen before. Everything is similar but is completely different at the same time.There’s something about its execution which separates it from the films of its kind (I would say the same for the book, except I’ve never read any other romantic novels so I have nothing to compare it to), and it betters the experience knowing it's still fresh, unique almost.
There are a fair few differences from the book, but by the looks of it, none that fans have gotten enraged about or any that ruin the film. It’s good that it sticks fairly close to its source material, as it makes it a lot easier for fans to appreciate it as a film. The Fault in Our Stars is a sweet, quirky teen drama that does nearly everything right. When it’s funny, it’s hilarious, and when it’s sad, it’s heartbreaking. Be sure to bring a box of tissues with you, and go on the emotional roller coaster that pulls on the heartstrings but in many ways remains an uplifting and entertaining movie.