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Release Date: June 6, 2014
Production Studio: 20th Century Fox
Box Office: $307.2m
Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5
SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE MOVIE YOU’RE ADVISED TO LEAVE NOW, DETAILS FROM THE MOVIE WILL BE DISCUSSED HERE.
Hazel Grace Lancaster, is a beautiful young woman with terminal thyroid cancer that’s now spread to her lungs; extremely positive even in the face of her impending demise.
Augustus ‘Gus’ Waters, is a young man who’s survived bone cancer once, and had to live without the flesh around one leg. He has aspirations, dreams, and is most afraid of oblivion.
It wasn’t a surprise that these two hit it off almost immediately. There were many things I loved about this movie, damn, this movie made me lose a tear; maybe more than one tear.
Gus kept challenging Hazel’s ideologies, her reasons for living till her anticipated death.
You put the thing that causes the killing between your teeth, and you don’t give it the power to kill you – Gus to Hazel, outside the group therapy home the first day they met.
Hazel and Gus have a dream to get Author, Peter van Houten to tell them the conclusion of his book, An Imperial Affliction, which Hazel had recommended to Gus earlier. van Houten surprisingly replied Hazel’s email, and invited them to Amsterdam. Hazel wants to go, but her Doctor is skeptic to grant her permission until her mom agrees to follow. Later that night, Hazel has an episode, water had entered her lungs and made it difficult for her to breathe been with her oxygen pipe. The trip to Amsterdam is subsequently cancelled. Hazel is devastated.
The trip to Amsterdam was possible in the first place by Gus’ doing. This helped my understanding to how much Gus loved Hazel.
Along the way, Hazel felt the need to cause little changes to her and Gus. Her trying to redefine the nature of their relationship by saying, in order not to hurt him they’d be better off as just-friends mirrors the popular real life issue of being friend-zoned, and how we most times we can’t have whom we want simply because they’re not yet sure they feel the same way.
One scene that made me laugh was, Gus’ reaction on the plane to Amsterdam to meet van Houten. Gus had perfected the aura of confidence, and it was funny seeing that confidence flee in the face of something beyond his control.
The confrontation scene with van Houten was very emotional. The pain on Hazel’s face was clear, the disappointment on Gus’ alarming . They had done so much to get to Amsterdam, only to find out that van Houten didn’t care about them, it was his secretary/PA they had relating with along that cared. The confrontation did lead up to events that finally inspired Hazel to kiss Gus and admit her feelings for him, this led to one of the most awkward foreplay scenes I’ve seen.
This was where the real emotional drain of the movie began. It was as though the sex opened the young lovers’ eyes to the real pains of the world they lived in – the world where cancer reigns supreme. The bests of these heartbreaking moments are numerated below.
- Gus tells Hazel his cancer’s returned, and it had spread all over his body.
- Gus asks Hazel to join Isaac in writing the eulogy for his fast coming funeral.
- Gus momentarily loses his humor and courage. He sobs after the incident at the gas-station.
- Gus’ fear about not being remembered after he dies. Hazel affirms that she loves him and will remember him, and that if that wasn’t enough for him she doesn’t know what to do.
- Hazel tells her parents the hard truth of life without her. Her greatest fear’s how life would be for the people left behind when she dies.
- Gus’ attending his mock funeral with Isaac and Hazel, and listening in tears to what they both had to say about him.
- Augusta Water died eight days after his mock-funeral. The cancer stopped his heart after spending his last days in pain in the ICU.
- van Houten attends Gus’ funeral. He delivers Gus’ handwritten eulogy to Hazel.
The moments above brought tears to my eyes (I must confess). Big ups to the acting-chops of Shailene Woodley (Hazel) and Ansel Elgort (Gus), these two brought so much life to their respective characters, I could feel the joy in their happy moments, the pain in the times of sorrow… the scene where Gus tells Hazel about his returned cancer that has spread all over his body caught me off guard. Having not read the book, I was free of spoilers, and the movie took its time to place Gus out of suspicion, so having to reveal that he was the one who was going to die (not Hazel I had been preparing myself all through the movie for) made me scream out in pain.
Quotes I found addicting:
1. ‘If you want the rainbow you have to deal with the rain.’ – A post on the wall in Gus’ parents house.
2. ‘Do you know what Dom Perignon said after he invented champagne?… Come quickly, I’m tasting the stars.’ – The Chef to Gus and Hazel at the restaurant in Amsterdam.
3. ‘I am in love with you… You heard me… I am in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed. And that, one day all of our labors will be returned to dust… And I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have… And I am in love with you… Sorry.’ – Gus, confessing his feelings to Hazel at the restaurant.
4. ‘A drawing of a thing is not a thing itself, nor is a T-shirt of the drawing of a thing, a thing itself.’ – Hazel to her mother, at the hotel room in Amsterdam.
5. ‘Between the three of us, we have 5 legs, 4 eyes, 2 1/2 pairs of working lungs.’ – Gus to Issac’s ex-gf’s mother when all three attacked her car.
The Reason For This Sermon:
Love is beautiful; the greatest weapon of all as most say. Many say we only experience it once, others say some never get to experience true love in their life time. Watching movies like this (A Walk to Remember, Me Before You, etc.) breaks me, and I’m caught between the thoughts of if I ever want to experience true love or I’ll like to continue in ignorance to the bliss and pain such a love can cause. I’d like to know what you think.
If you loved The Fault In Our Stars, I’d love to know, why. If it made you cry, I’ll also love to know. Drop your comments below.