The Fault In Our Stars

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This began as a book by the talented author John Green . It chronicals the fate of two star-crossed teens who both have experiences with cancer . The book was an incredible success – fan & critic wise – and quite quickly became a film . Our protagonist and narrator “Hazel Grace” is played by Shailene Woodley – and her love interest & generally adorable companion “Augustus Waters” is played by Ansel Elgort . The witty character “Issac” is immortalized by Nat Wolff & they case none other than Willem Dafoe portraying the ambivalent author of their favourite book . Quite the cast they assembled.

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Woodley had read the book and the moment it was in talks to become a movie she contacted Green to pledge her love of the book and her strong desire to play Hazel . She was considered for the part by the casting directors who were initially hesitant to choose her as she was 22 and was possibly “too old” to play a 16 year old – she wrote an impassioned plea and argued her case – and won.

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Shailene had quite long hair prior to filming this movie & obviously had to cut it very short to play Hazel – she (quite fittingly) donated her hair to a kids cancer charity that makes wigs for patients.

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The story you embark upon whilst watching or indeed reading this book is far from a light & breezy tale – its honest, frank heart-wrenching – the movie prefaces this by beginning with hazel’s narration :

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I believe we have a choice in the world about how to tell sad stories – on the one hand you can sugar coat it – the way they do in movies & romance novels where beautiful people learn beautiful lessons & nothing is too messed up that cant be fixed w an apology & a peter gabriel song . I like that version as much as the next girl does, believe me . Its just not the truth . This is the truth . Sorry”.

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Our story unfolds with a brief synopsis of our protagonists history – diagnosed at 13 – thyroid stage 4 – surgery, radiation, chemo etc

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Our protagonist Hazel very astutely comments “booklets and websites always list depression as a side affect of cancer – depression is not a side affect of cancer – its a side affect of dying” Damn is this girl’s thought process impressive . anyways on to the movie – we’ve got some incredible skills from the aforementioned Woodley.

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A support group that brings our unconventional trio together

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Blossoming feelings

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And raw, torturous ones

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Some laughs

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& excitment

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Gratitude

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Truthful realities

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The fault in our stars explores the relationship between two extraordinary people – human beings that have had to consider their own mortality before even becoming a teenager . We see strength & support

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A genuinely breath-taking and incredibly emotive speach

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we’ve some rare moments of bliss juxtaposed with the heavy subjects

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Some very reasonable responses to being asked if your okay after being broken up with

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Happy tears 

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 & heartbreaking ones 

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& a bitta comedic relief in the form of teenage clumsiness

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Along with a few late night phonecalls

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I truly think this is such an incredible genuine & candid exploration of the emotions, fears and feelings that people in these real life scenarios would have . It doesnt sugar coat things and thats the beauty of it because life doesnt sugar coat anything. We rarely see raw explorations of topics like these and its refreshingly honest.

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For watching this movie i would recommend you get yourself mentally prepared. It is heavy, dark, contorted, inspiring & eloquent. Seriously thought-provoking and stays floating around in your mind for quite some time after giving you a peek behind the curtain at what the harsh realities of life are for a percentage of people. I don’t know a single person i wouldn’t recommend this movie too regardless of age, gender, interests. This is a piece that can be devoured by anyone and everyone as its topic is universal.

You’ve also got Ansel Elgort looking damn adorable as always – so get watching.

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Background on the Movie Making process

A little background on the filming process. Nat Wolff who plays Isaac actually wore black-out contacts while shooting the scenes after Isaac has had his remaining eye removed. Wolff wanted to portray the character as accurately as possible.

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The author John Green was on set for the majority of filming and hung around with the cast – discussed and disected their characters with them to give it some more authenticity

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They even had a foozball table behind the scenes

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Ansel and Nat lived on the same floor of their building for the entire time they were shooting the movie – some mischief & mayhem ensued.

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And occaisional spoon-feeding

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some chats in between takes.

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& serious chuckles at interviews.

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The pair even did a hilarious recreations of the promotional posters with one slight change.

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Peace out & enjoy!

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