THE FAULT IN OUR STARS DVD (2014)
SYNOPSIS: Hazel And Gus share a sarcastic sense of humor, a disdain for convention and ultimately a love that will sweep them onto a transformative journey that they-and you- will never forget. Although the two teens face extraordinary challenges, their courage and dedication to each other prove that while life isn't perfect, love is.
Despite having both leads stricken with cancer, this YA-adapted romance drama delves more into the meaning of living rather than dying.
The currently in-demand Shailene Woodley (Divergent) plays a sixteen-year-old cancer patient, Hazel Grace who meets and falls in love with a fellow cancer patient, Augustus (Ansel Elgort also from Divergent) at a support group. Hazel suffered from a case of terminal thyroid cancer which requires her to lug around an oxygen tank to keep her breathing while Augustus has one of his legs amputated due to osteosarcoma.
It’s undeniable this is going to be a depressing movie though director Josh Boone (Stuck In Love) keeps the narrative going briskly without barely venturing into typical clichéd territory or should I say scenes that makes you weep for the sake of weeping. Tears are shed nevertheless and Boone keeping it faithful to the original best-selling novel by John Green makes it a genuinely affecting journey to follow.
The incredible chemistry between Woodley and Elgort makes us believe they are a pair of star-crossed lovers throughout the 126 minutes. Their often-witty chats, Augustus’ level of maturity (too perfect for a teenage boy actually) uplift the otherwise gloomy drama into something positive. The detour to Amsterdam in the middle of the movie where Augustus arranged Hazel to meet the writer of her favourite book provides an excuse to showcase some eye-candy and romantic shots of the lovely city though the scene at Anne Frank house is on a soundstage.
Occasionally, The Fault In Our Stars might drag a little especially towards the end. There can only be that much heart-wrench and emotion to stomach honestly. Yet with actors liked Willem Dafoe who cameos as the eccentric writer Peter van Houten, Laura Dern as Hazel’s mum and Nat Wolff as Augustus’ blind best friend, the well-assembled supporting cast keeps the story mostly afloat.
Not every young adult romance out there is tolerable and recommended. It’s quite fortunate that The Fault In Our Stars is exceptionally well made and beautifully told. You might be tempted to bill Shailene Woodley for the tissues. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Director Josh Boone and writer John Green provides a serviceable if not rather bland audio track in Audio Commentary by Josh Boone and John Green.
Promotional Featurettes consist of six very brief segments: The Cast, The Making of The Fault of Our Stars, The Transformation, Literature to Life, Our Little Infinity and The Music Behind our Stars, mostly behind-the-scenes footages of Green interacting with the two leads and the last which touches on the music selection.
There’s also a Gallery and a Theatrical Trailer.
The visual is presented in great detail, images brimming and colours popping. The audio Dolby Digital 5.1 is sufficient in bringing out the ambient effects, a nice soundtrack and the fine dialogue.
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Review by Linus Tee