Cry buckets of tears with The Fault in our Stars (Movie Review)

The much awaited movie adaptation of the best selling book of John Green, The Fault in our Stars was shown last June 5 in cinemas. I was one of the readers who was looking forward of how the movie will be.

Will it make us cry, just like the book made us?

Or will it just be just flat, like how other movie adaptation murdered the story from the book?

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I watched the film with much anticipation and let me tell you, no matter how hard I try not to cry, tears just couldn't help escape from my eyes. I can say that it IS a sick love story, literally and figuratively.

The story is about cancer patients, Hazel Grace and Agustus Water who fell in love with each other despite the illness. The book is a Young Adult fiction novel, so most probably it will be about romance. In the movie, You can feel the helplessness and desperation of cancer patients or even sick people to try to live like normal people despite the disease.

Hazel Grace have been diagnosed with cancer since she was little. Her lungs are damaged that sometimes it gets filled with water, which is making her hard to breathe on her own. She carries an oxygen tank around and tubes stuck on her nose to help oxygen get through her lungs. While her parents are trying to be positive about her condition and wanting her to enjoy life, Hazel Grace felt otherwise.

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Hazel Grace was too depressed, as if she's just waiting for her turn to die, until she met Gus at a support group for people with cancer. Gus is a recovering patient that had been free for about a year. He was trying to live his life to the fullest and making his mark in this world. Just like a typical love story, they fell in love, but their story doesn't have a happy ending for one of them succumbs to cancer.

Let me share you some of my favorite quotes from the film (which triggers the tears as I remember the scenes):

- "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."

- "You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices."

- "'Sometimes people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them,' I said.

Isaac shot me a look. 'Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That's what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.'"

- "I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you."

- "You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful."

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The Fault in Our Stars have been well loved by Filipinos that Time magazine dubbed our country as "
Most Obsessed with The Fault In Our Stars" and considered Filipinos " most romantic nationality". The movie is on its second week, better catch it in your nearest cinemas.

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