So I know sharing my thoughts about this movie is probably the equivalent of a shout into the oblivion, but I could resist sharing a few feelings after watching the show this evening. The movie is as amazing as everyone is saying. I’ve never seen a film (outside of BBC miniseries) that is as faithful to a book. Some scenes get left out, but literally every scene in the movie is present in the book. A lot of the dialogue comes straight from the text as well. The movie is also as sad as people are saying. If you don’t cry while watching it, then you should probably consult a therapist or medical professional.
Just in case you don’t believe me, here’s a before and after picture of my sister. As you can see lots of feelings.
The whole experience of going to The Night Before Our Stars felt very special. More than being among the first to see the film and the extras (like the charm bracelet and Q&A with the cast and John Green), the community aspect of everyone cheering, catcalling Augustus, and crying their eyes out at the same time is what made the night so unique. There were a few strange moments – like when everyone in the theater giggled during the SPOILER – sex scene – SPOILER when Hazel takes her bra off. But there were more sweet moments. Sarah and I sat next to a girl who said me too whenever we started crying too much and shared her candy with us because we were so upset.
As for the movie, as I said about it is sad and amazing. There are no weak links in the film. Hazels parents, the support group, Isaac – they are all great. Both Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort’s performances stand out, but I’m not going to lie what made the movie for me was Augustus. I could not have imagined a better portrayal of the character than the one Elgort created. When you looking up crush in the dictionary I think you probably see a picture of him in the suit he wears when he and Hazel go out to dinner in SPOILER – Amsterdam – SPOILER.
I think the job of a literary adaptation is to please fans of the books and perhaps inspire people who haven’t read the book yet to read it. With the case study of me and Sarah, reader and non reader, it was certainly successful on both counts. It was very fun for me to watch Sarah experience the story for the first time and see how much it affected her. And I can’t wait to discuss the book with her when she reads it.
Sorry if this is a little unfocused. I’m still in the middle of an emotional hangover. As we learn in TFiOS you don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world… but you do have some say in who hurts you. Tonight, I chose the TFiOS movie. I like my choices.
And if you go see the movie I think you will too.