Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars the film...awe-inspiring

After seeing movie adaptations of local novels ( Ang Diary ng Panget and ABNKKBSNPLaKo), I ended up joining my friends and former office-mates watching The Fault in Our Stars in SM North, Edsa. And unlike them, I didn't cry but I agree that this story is awe-inspiring and and must see movie for all people.


So I saw the Novel


I'm not aware of the book and I think I  wouldn't  read it even I saw it in local bookstores. Why?  Because generally, I'm not fond of reading novels ( though I read Little Women, Mga Ibong Mandaragit, and  The Alchemist- cover to cover) and exposing my self to sad stories. I think I have enough real dramas in life, plus cancer is a medical thing you have to study carefully..

Author John  Green, however put this issue as casual as possible without giving you false hope that something kryptonite will save your day from cancer. Instead he shows characters with illness who act like any of us. They have same aspirations, goodness, and silliness compare to normal teenagers - it's just that they need to embrace the reality that anytime they are going to die.

The Fault In our Stars (the film) is directed by Josh Boone and its screenplay is written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber.


Cherish your Forever


Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort  are the lead actors of this film who are actually acted as siblings in another movie based on novel  Divergent. I didn't see that so perhaps without comparison I appreciate their acting here.  I can't point out any inappropriate scenes of them, I just simply  accept how they embodied Hazel Grace Lancaster , a 16-year old girl who has thyroid cancer and always bring her portable  oxygen tank and Augustus Waters, a 17-year old boy who got osteosarcoma.

Woodley is very natural in the way she moves that you'll not be annoy in that line of oxygen on her face.  I like her hairdo and eyes by the way.  Elgort is also amazing especially with his contagious smile.  Nat Wolff , who plays Isaac, the one who becomes blind because of tumors in his eyes, is also  funny in the film.   The other supporting cast are also amazing especially Hazel's parents portrayed by Laura Dern and Sam  Tramwell ( shape shifter Sam of True Blood), Lotte Verbeek and  Willem Dafoe ( Green Goblin of Spiderman starring Tobey Maguire), who portrays

My top favorite parts of the film


The pre-funeral practice. I like Hazel's large and small infinities message.  It's the main message of the film for me because in this world you really don't know exactly how long is forever.  You may meet a person for one day but you'll cherish him forever.

Visit to Amsterdam. I feel the pain of Mrs.  Lancaster when she's happy seeing your dying kid's excitement , only to  to feel sorry at the end of conversation because you cannot afford it. Gee, I'm not a mother yet but I want to cry in that scene. It as if  this your only chance to give her happiness but you can't grant it.

 Great disappointment of a fan -  Perhaps you can't even spell "disappointment" after all your years, sacrifices and supports you've gathered turn into nothing when you see  your favorite person is not even pretending enjoying your company. Good thing there's no picture of Peter Van Houten to all  successful writers I met such Gina Marissa Tagasa-Gil, Bibeth Ortesa, RJ Nuevas, Suzette Doctolero,  Jasyon Lo, Roy Iglesia, Virgilo Almario and others.

and Hopefully Ariel Lin, Jang Nara,  Bae Yong Joon , Jericho Rosales, Sharon Cuneta and Lea Salonga will not feel me bad when I meet them in person.

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