This film follows Hazel (Shailene Woodley), who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of thirteen. A clinical trial gave her a few good years, but she has never been really anything but terminal. Her behavior leads her parents (Laura Dern and Sam Trammel) to believe she’s depressed, and force her to attend an insufferable cancer support group, where she meets who turns out to be the love of her life, Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort).
This is a well done and fast paced adaptation of a popular novel. Like most films, the book may be better than the movie. But even still, most audiences will enjoy this despite the emotionally charged subject matter.
The movie really makes you appreciate your life no matter what your ailment may be. The Fault in Our Stars shows how precious life is. We will love and we will hurt, but we will live though it all because we love and hurt, because we are human.
Director: Josh Boone
Year of Release: 2014
Character to watch: Shailene Woodley as Hazel.
Journal your answers to the following questions after you watch the movie.
- How does this particular character’s journey compare with yours?
- Did the character develop certain characteristics during the movie that you have or that you would like to have? If so, what are those characteristics?
- What obstacles did this character face? What was his or her biggest challenge?
- What would you have done differently if you had been in the same position as the character?
- Is this character the type of person you would be friends with? Why or why not?