The Fault in Our Stars is based off the book of the same name by John Green, of which I hear is also great. If you are a fan of the book, word is that the movie does do the book justice, so that's good news for you. The title of the book/movie comes from the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar. Here is the quote from the play:
"Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs and peep about
To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
Men at some time are masters of their fates.
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."
That there is really beautiful. Basically, we are masters of our own fates. The hand we have been dished may be a hard one, but it's up to us if our life turns out good. There's been many people that have been put in a bad situation that made the best of it and still were happy. Then there's also been many people that have been put in a good situation that didn't make the best of it and turned out miserable. Now I know you aren't reading this review to get your daily sermon. You are reading it to find out how this movie was. But this is exactly the message that this movie teaches, so now you know what you are in for. If you don't want to be inspired and uplifted, then this isn't the movie for you. The story itself is about a teenage girl named Hazel. Hazel has cancer and honestly believes that her days are numbered. Thus she doesn't have a positive outlook at all and instead is super depressed. Against her wishes, she attends a cancer support group where she meets a boy named Gus. Gus is a cancer survivor who is there at the support group with his friend. Gus isn't problem free, especially because he has a mechanical leg, but he does have a very positive outlook and immediately takes interest in Hazel.
Sure, the movie could be seen as predictable. Certain things happened at the beginning that made me think certain other things would happen at the end. And I was right. But that's not the point here. The point is the message and the emotional journey you go on. I personally was blown I way. I was inspired. And yes, there were moments in the movie where I was holding back tears, not just because of events that happen in the movie, but because of emotions from my own life that the movie dug up. Last week I described the phenomenon of Edge of Tomorrow to that of Now You See Me from last year -- not in terms of story but of what happened to me when I watched it. This week I am comparing The Fault in Our Stars to last year's About Time in the same manner. Both Now You See Me and About Time ended up in my best movies of 2013 list. We'll see what happens this year. As for now, I will give The Fault in Our Stars a 9/10 and call it my second favorite movie of the summer.