Tuesday, June 03, 2014 at 3:05 PM
The Fault in Our Stars
Last night, my friend and I were lucky enough to attend the premiere of The Fault in Our Stars, and the scene was WILD...
As we approached the Ziegfeld Theater on 54th Street, we could hear the throngs of screaming teenage girls pressed up against the red carpet. We made our way through the crowds, rode up the escalators and settled into two velvet seats. Girls ran down the aisles with giant autograph boards and Sharpies, and shrieked hysterically whenever cast members came into the room. It felt like a Beatles concert!
I had enjoyed the book—about a 16-year-old cancer patient who falls in love with a guy in her support group—but to be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect from the movie. Would it feel too young or glossy?
And then the movie began.
The three young actors had great chemistry (Shailene Woodley was especially fantastic), and the story stayed incredibly true to the book. I found myself quoting lines in my head as the actors said them, or remembering the book's prose during a quiet moment. And while the movie wasn't particularly nuanced—and some of the supporting roles, like the parents, felt one-dimensional—the beautifully paced film draws you right in and makes you fall in love with the characters.
By the end, we were weeping in our seats.
One funny part of the experience was watching the movie with a theatre packed with teenage girls. Every onscreen wink got a riotous squeal, every kiss got a collective "awwww," and the floor was littered with tissues at the end. The main actor—Ansel Elgort—was definitely a crowd pleaser:)
Also, if you're curious, New York Magazine had an intriguing piece about Shailene Woodley ("When she’s not working, Woodley likes to disappear...She doesn’t have a permanent home or cell phone—preferring to couch-surf at her friends’ houses...When she’s feeling ill, she makes tea out of pine needles (apparently a great source of vitamin C); she brushes her teeth with clay and whitens them by swishing sesame oil in her mouth for 20 minutes...") and the NYTimes had a fascinating article about why the director didn't originally want to meet with her.
Will you see it? The movie opens this Friday, and I'd definitely recommend it.
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