A Night Among the Stars

The Fault in Our Stars Movie, Books

Last night, thanks to the awesome Alamo Drafthouse, I had the chance to attend an advanced screening of The Fault in Our Stars, the long awaited film adaptation of John Green’s best selling novel. As if seeing the movie in advance for free wasn’t enough, John Green and the director, Josh Boone, were on hand for a Q&A session after the movie. I basically hit the book/movie nerd jackpot!

For those who haven’t bawled their eyes out over the pages of the book, let me break it down for you a bit. The Fault in Our Stars is a touching and heartbreaking love story between Hazel, a sixteen year old girl with terminal cancer, and Augustus, a cancer survivor. Together they explore universal questions of life and death, while managing to fall in love along the way. It’s a story that has touched the hearts of many creating a sort of cult following.

So yesterday, after relinquishing our cell phones and passing the metal detector wand test, we piled into the theater eager to see Hazel and Gus’ love story play across the screen. And by the end of movie there was not a dry eye in the theater. The tissues were drawn. Tears were flowing. And sniffling could be heard coming from every direction. A sign that the movie was a success. In fact, I realized that the girl standing in front of me in line before the movie was right. It WAS hard to eat and cry at the same time!

Crying at the movies

John Green’s hands on approach allowed the movie to stay as faithful to the book as possible, which was a wonderful surprise. While some scenes did not make the cut and others were slightly altered or rushed, the purity of the love story remained.

Humor was interjected throughout the movie allowing the audience to fall in love with the characters, while also providing brief moments of reprieve from the heartache. It was not uncommon to be teary eyed one moment and laughing the next.

The acting was incredible. Shailene Woodley caught the essence of Hazel’s personality and witty sense of humor perfectly. And you couldn’t help but fall in love with Ansel Elgort as Augustus, the cocky and sweet boy who was also filled with fear. The supporting cast was also quite amazing contributing to the humor and emotion within the film.

Overall, I think this film is a must see and I’m not only one. As I was slowly walking out of the theater, I heard a woman describe the movie, as “perfect.” Her male companion also admitted to tearing up a few times. Others merely wore the evidence on their tear stained faces. So on June 6th grab your tissues and head on down to the movies. Okay?

Are you excited for the movie? Have you read the book? What did you think of it?

 

Update: Theaters across the U.S. will be hosting Night Before Our Stars on June 5th, which will include a showing of the movie and a simulcast Q&A session with Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, author John Green, director Joshua Boone and producer Wyck Godfrey. The cost is $25.

Update: Now you can win the jackpot too! Check out the giveaway on Mommy’s Memorandum for the chance to win a $25 Visa Gift card to see the film in theaters, a copy of the book (movie tie-in book cover), and a FIOS tote Bag!

  • I can’t wait to read the book first and then watch the movie. I bet I’d cry at the opening credits ;).

    • Haha! The woman next to me was bawling so loudly! And the sounds of sniffling was so loud throughout the theater, so I’m sure you won’t be alone. 🙂

  • I have this book on my to read list…I guess I need to go buy some tissues first! I am reading Attachments right now, it is super awesome! Much more light hearted and funny…

    • Ooh! I might have to check out Attachments. 🙂 The Fault in Our Stars has some really sweet and humorous moments, but, yea, tissues are definitely needed. 🙂 I hope you like it!

  • This book is on my to read list for this summer, I have heard so much good stuff about it and can’t wait to see the film as well!

    • I hope you enjoy both the book and the movie. 🙂 It took me a few chapters to fully get into the book, but I really enjoyed it.

  • Looking forward to that movie! I went to a big lobowski quote along at the Alamo draft house a while back – what a fun, quirky place!

  • Michael

    SO excited to know the movie will be worth seeing. I read and absolutely loved the book. I was skeptical when I saw that they were making a movie but I’m glad to know it’s something to get tickets for.

    • I was skeptical, too, especially after watching Divergent. I hated Divergent and was afraid I’d hate this movie too. But I loved how closely it stayed to the original story line. 🙂 I hope you like it too.

  • kathy@vodkandsoda

    i actually couldn’t get through the book! i think i’m the only person in this community who didn’t like it (please don’t hate me)

    • Oh, Kathy! You just lost some coolness points! Haha. It actually took me a little while to get into the book, but by the middle I was teary eyed. 🙂

  • Amanda

    How awesome that you got to be a part of something like this! Glad you had a good time and that the movie gets your seal of approval!

    • It was pretty awesome! I loved that John Green is so down to Earth and witty. 🙂

  • Mary Belle

    You are one LUCKY GIRL! 🙂

  • Nic

    Great review hon, I haven’t read the book but would like to, its on my reading list :). Not sure if I would watch it in the cinema purely because I hate crying in public LOL xx

  • omg John Green was there?? amazing. seriously, fabulous review love and I cannot wait to see it!

    • Thanks! And John Green is so awesomely funny and down to earth. 🙂 I hope you enjoy the movie!

  • That sounds so fun! We have Alamo in Houston and the one that participated is the one on the other side of town – not the one down the street from me. I will definitely have to see the movie!

    • It was so much fun! I had to drive a little bit to get to the Drafthouse that participated, but it was worth it. Though I wouldn’t want to do that in Houston! hah.

  • I came straight over here to read about this movie once I knew you have already seen it…now I’m so eager to see this movie!
    Can I link back to you in my post? Thank you!

    • Haha! I’m glad you liked the review. And of course you can link back to my post! Do you mind if I link to your giveaway?

  • I want to read the book before I see the movie. I am just hoping it lived up to the hype, sounds like it does so I got to get on it!

    • It took a few chapters for me to get into the book, but I think it’s worth reading. 🙂 I was so happy that the movie stayed close to the original story.

  • I cannot wait to see this movie!