As everyone and their mother knows, the long anticipated film adaptation of John Green’s beloved novel The Fault In Our Stars hit theatres this weekend. I had the utmost pleasure of seeing it tonight, and I really must say, wow. This movie was probably one of the only book to film adaptations I have ever seen. I think the only negative thing I have to say about this movie is I didn’t really like how the movie didn’t end with the famous quote, “I do, Augustus. I do.” It ended with, “Okay.” Yes, “Okay.” was perfect for me, and I honestly was in tears too heavily to really care at that point. It hit me as I was walking out of the theatre.
This movie made me so thankful for mine and my family’s health. On the way home from the movie, a great conversation about others’ struggles was had and I realized that I really haven’t been through all that much loss. I lost my great grandmother this past January, but that was really the first time I’ve had to deal with a loss of someone close to me, and honestly I wasn’t even that close with her. And TFIOS, being about cancer, of course made me think about the adamant line of cancer in both sides of my family. It’s a scary thing to think about.
Our lives can change so quickly. In the blink of an eye, the person we love the most can leave us without any kind of a warning. In The Fault In Our Stars, the novel’s female protagonist, Hazel, rereads a book called An Imperial Affliction over and over again. The book deals with a girl named Anna living with and eventually dying of cancer. The book has an abrupt end. It literally ends in the middle of a sentence. Isn’t that how life is? We can be at the beginning of our sentence, in the middle of our sentence, or nearing the end of the sentence, but inevitably as a whole, our sentences are interrupted abruptly by death. John Green loads metaphors into this novel, and I feel like the ending of his fictional novel within The Fault In Our Stars, is one of the most plain to see yet overlooked metaphors of the novel.
As you all know, this blog is tied together with music. Music scores from films have always been a fancy of mine, and this one did not disappoint. All throughout the movie, I was like “This song?!” I hadn’t listened to this soundtrack fully through yet until tonight. I’d only listened to the song Ed Sheeran wrote for it, entitled “All of the Stars”, appropriately. This song played during the end credits, and I must be honest here, I was bawling. My heart swells every time I hear this song honestly.
The next song that really caught my attention was by one of my favorite artists, Birdy. I believe she has two songs on the album, but her song “Not About Angels” played at one of the most (if not, THE most) tragic moments of the film. The piano is so clean and so beautiful, and it really is just an A+ use of music. I think Birdy is kind of underestimated and I feel like with this push into the spotlight onto this album, people will start to really recognize this young girl’s overflowing amount of talent.
Overall, these two songs were the feature stand-out songs of the album. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of it was absolutely amazing. Tom Odell, Kodaline, and Jake Bugg were also featured, and trust me, no one disappointed.
I was so proud of this cast, and I can’t imagine how John Green himself must feel right now. I’m not going to lie, when I first heard the announcement of the cast, I was very iffy, but I can safely say I was proved wrong of any and every doubt that ever crossed my mind. I couldn’t have seen anyone else embodying the roles of Hazel Grace and Gus like Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort did. I mean, Ansel practically screams Augustus as himself. This film was filled with all the right amounts of drama, comedy, and the all-too-familiar John Green tragedy, and I cannot wait to read the book over and over again, and eventually see the film again.
If you haven’t seen this movie, I HIGHLY recommend you go see it. (Fair warning: bring a tissue….or a towel. You WILL need it.)