Now, I’m not a reader of teen fiction, be they good or bad. So you’ll never see Twilight or the Hunger Games on my bookshelf. But that doesn’t mean I won’t watch films based on this same fiction. The Twilight series was one I loved to hate, and in hindsight I’m leaning more towards hate these days, and the Hunger Games I think is decent, though not amazing.
So when this film, The Fault In Our Stars, came out, it looked like the kind of teen fiction adaption that could be amazing, even though it’s dealing with very different subject matters and settings than the other two I’ve mentioned. So maybe it’s a bit of an unfair comparison, but they do all have one similar theme, and that is young love. Though once again they differ here also, as the two former both deal with love triangles, where as this film is the good old fashioned one boy and one girl love story.
The story deals with some pretty tough subject matters, with teen cancer being at the forefront, but it deals with it in a way that feels very real. You might even say this is the Game Of Thrones of teen fiction, in the sense it always ends up going down a road you didn’t expect, and almost always a tough road as well that might just lead you to a few, or a lot, of tears.
The acting was brilliant, the directing unobtrusively natural, and the writing just painfully accurate, sweet, and heartbreaking. But the main thing I took away from this film was this is how you show young love. Take away the cancer, take away all the other stuff, and when you just look at the love story side of it, it was done in such a real way and felt like what many star-crossed lovers have felt and gone through in their time. Which is most likely why I now hate Twilight even more these days, for its depiction of young love is pretty much a joke.
This film won’t be for everyone though, and at over two hours it may be a tad long, though not by much. Also I feel there could have been an even more powerful way to end the whole film, and I’m talking only an extra 5 seconds, though that ending could have pushed people over the edge on the tearful front. But despite all that, I really enjoyed this film, and was really glad I was able to share it with my partner, as it really is a good date night movie.
9 out of 10 from me!!!