99. The Fault in Our Stars
2014, 126 Minutes
Director: Josh Boone
Starring: Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort
By J.T. Tepnapa
I definitely had to put The Fault in Our Stars on the Must Watch List. First, because it’s based on a romantic novel much like Something Like Summer. And second, it follows a budding teen romance, which is exactly how Something Like Summer starts.
The Fault in Our Stars is about Hazel and Gus, two sort-of-broken people looking to make themselves whole again. Hazel has cancer and has to breathe with the aid of an oxygen tank, and Gus is missing a leg from a childhood cancer.
Although Something Like Summer plays out differently, the two stories share quite a few similarities. From the teen romance to an adventure abroad and an untimely twist at the ending.
My favorite moment is when Hazel and Gus meet their hero novelist hoping to find to chat with a genius, but end up talking to a mean drunk. It’s great topsy-turvy scene.
I love the way Hazel and Gus interact with each other — it’s so honest. Gus is a love-at-first sight kind of guy, while Hazel needs more time to fall in love. I suppose what’s great about this movie is that they find love despite the fact that Hazel may die at any time. So each moment counts.
There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.
Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. That’s what I loved about the movie. We have so much time in this life, even the lives that are shorter than others. And no matter how much bad luck we might have, we can still take the time to love. Make the time to enjoy not only each moment to breathe, but the fractions in between each breath.
Available now on Amazon DVD/Blu-ray and Instant Video, as well as on iTunes.