This film is another one of those movie adaptations based from books which is becoming predominant nowadays. I do love John Green’s writing especially his quotable quotes but I have yet to see a book adaptation that I love more than the book or at least do the book justice with regards to character build up and transition. The film’s tagline “One Sick Love Story” sums up the theme of the movie. It’s about the Story of Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) who are both cancer-stricken and equally terminally ill.
Josh Boone did a good job in incorporating all the elements that earned the book its fan base. You can watch the movie and understand it without reading the book. The book/movie revolves around the theme of sickness, death/dying, love in the most unexpected manner and appreciating life and looking at things with a positive outlook despite your circumstances. No matter what your circumstances are, there is always a silver lining if you just look for it.
I like Woodley’s voice and her portrayal of Hazel is good. Elgort’s portrayal of Gus’s lines is quite exceptional. Another thing that captures the fans of the book is Gus’s lines; simple yet it evokes many emotions. Bittersweet is an understatement.
Another person to commend is Season Kent because of his awesome work in compiling the playlist/soundtrack of the movie. Ed Sheeran, Birdy, Jake Bugg, Grouplove, Kodaline and Lykke Li are some of the artists that collaborated to create one of the best (if not the best) movie soundtrack of the year. The inclusion of “Bomfalleralla” (the Swedish hip-hop included in the book) is a nice addition that will surely make those who read the book giddy.
What I like about the movie is the underlying philosophical message it instils in us. It’s not your typical “happily ever after” movie. It showcases slices of reality that often bites you hard. To quote Augustus Waters, “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you.” The film is a certified tear-jerker. Best bring a hanky or tissue when you watch it.