Hazel and Augustus are both teenage cancer survivors, and their relationship is rocky yet strong. Despite knowing that either one of them could relapse at any moment, neither of them cares. The raw beauty of their relationship feels honest and heartbreaking. Hazel and Gus, as he prefers to be called, refuse to limit their lives to potentially numbered days and endless medications; instead, they aspire to meet their mutual favorite author, spend time with one another, and generally enjoy life. They live a story of two “star-crossed lovers”; their persistence lends a whole new layer to their relationship.
This is one of the few films that I feel more accurately depicts the pain of being a cancer patient; it shows the endless exams, the constant worry, and the monotonous lifestyle. Still, there is thankfully sufficient comic relief to help the film avoid becoming unbearably depressing. Imagine a blind teenager trying to egg a car—wait, you don’t have to, because you’ll see it in this movie!
This film deals with very serious topics. Listening to Hazel and Gus talk about their limited time on this planet will draw tears, and if it somehow doesn’t make you tear up then other parts will. The Fault In Our Stars looks to the inevitable and tells the truth; one that will stay with you for a very long time.