Yesterday, my sister and I attended a pre-screening of The Fault in Our Stars. It was everything I hoped it would be. Funny, quirky, romantic, and best of all, it stayed as true to the book as a film adaptation really can.
This was the kind of event where just because you made an email reservation, it didn’t guarantee you a spot in the theater, so my sister and I decided to get there three hours early. This was a wise decision.
There was already a line forming, but fortunately, we got there early enough to wait inside. Before long, the line was out the door and curving around the building. Needless to say, this was not our first pre-screening/early release. We’ve been to several midnight releases, including most of the Harry Potter movies, Catching Fire, and The Hobbit. It’s fun to be a nerd.
Thankfully, we both came prepared for a three-hour wait.
About an hour before the movie was due to start, they began letting a few people in at a time to choose their seats. My sister and I were fortunate enough to get seats right in the middle of the theater.
The movie, needless to say, was phenomenal. Definitely worth the three hour wait. I always get nervous with book-to-movie adaptations, especially when it’s a book I really love and that I’ve treasured, because they very rarely completely satisfying. There are always little disappointments. “Oh, they left out this character or this line or this scene.”
There were a few scenes that were noticeably left out that I would have loved to see, but for the most part, it was an excellent adaptation. I loved Amsterdam. I loved Willem Dafoe as Peter Van Houten. I loved Shailene and Ansel. Oh my gosh, I love Ansel. He’s adorable! And wow, can he act! In the scene where he tells Hazel… well, I won’t spoil it if you haven’t read the book, but most fans will know which scene I’m talking about. Oh my goodness, he broke my heart. That’s when the tears began and they didn’t stop until the end of the movie.
The tears began to fall the way you fall asleep… slowly and then all at once.
I thought they would stop once the credits began rolling, but of course “All of the Stars” by Ed Sheeran is the first song you hear and oh my gosh, that just made me cry harder! It’s such an amazing and beautiful song. They lyrics give me chills every time.
“So can you see the stars over Amsterdam?”
So beautiful and it hurts so much.
One of the best parts of the night, however, was when the staff went around and gave everyone over 21 a glass of sparkling champagne, the same drink that Hazel and Gus drink on their date in Amsterdam. Now, I do not like champagne, or anything bubbly or fizzy. Carbonation stings my mouth and throat and I do not like that. However, I was not about to pass up the opportunity to share that moment with two of my favorite fictional characters.
The book, the movie, the story… it’s just a beautiful work of art. A beautiful work of human nature. I really want to read the story of the girl who inspired it, This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Grace Earl.
If you haven’t read The Fault in Our Stars, I highly recommend it, especially if you plan on seeing the movie. Even if you don’t plan on seeing the movie, it’s just such an amazing book. Nothing I say will ever do it justice.