Movies can make us feel things – it is one of their great powers. Some movies, even if you know what's coming (because, maybe, you read the book), can still affect you to the point where they make you cry. It is a wondrous thing.
A fan screening of "The Fault in Our Stars" was held on Saturday night in New York City, and despite the fact that—one assumes—nearly everyone in the theater had read the book, there were still tears aplenty as the onscreen action unfolded. I have no problem saying that, even having read the book, I teared up watching "The Fault in Our Stars," and while I didn't directly touch on those tears in my interview with stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, I did ask them about the fan reaction.
Elgort explained just how much the positive response from the audience that night meant. "To see that after the movie, after they'd seen it, they were so pleased with the product, that was very comforting and very nice for us; to know that we had done it justice."
Of course, the flipside of so many people having read the book, and so many of those people having strong feelings about it, is that there are a lot of people out there who will enter the movie with preconceived notions. Fans of the novel will already have their own ideas of how Augustus Waters (Elgort) and Hazel Grace Lancaster (Woodley) should look and act.
That did not factor in to how Elgort and Woodley played the roles. The actress told me, "It wasn't really about other people, it was about following our own instincts and making sure we that we… brought these characters to life with a certain integrity."
John Green, the author of the novel, was on set for much of the filming and they did ask him "In the moment questions" about whether they had done something with the write tone or said a line correctly. If you watch the above video, you can also hear Elgort tell a story about making sure with Green that a kiss delivered in the Anne Frank house was done in the way the author had envisioned it.
Directed by Josh Boone, "The Fault in Our Stars" will be released on June 6th.
1996 | Comedy | RSummary: Timothy Hutton plays a guy who returns to his hometown as he tries to figure out his next chapter in life; Uma Thurman and Natalie Portman are standouts as two very different female influences on his decisions.Director: Ted Demme
Cast: Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Noah Emmerich, Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman
1994 | Drama | NRSummary: Terrific under-the-radar story of a pre-teen chess player who supports himself and his family by working for local drug dealers, until a murder changes his approach to surviving in his neighborhood. Samuel L. Jackson and Giancarlo Esposito give solid support to the young star Sean Nelson.Director: Boaz Yakin
Cast: Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2014 | War | RSummary: After returning home from an extended tour in Afghanistan, a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother struggles to rebuild her relationship with her young son.Director: Claudia Myers
Cast: Michelle Monaghan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pablo Schreiber, Ron Livingston
2013 | Adventure | PGSummary: Good-natured animated film in which a snail obsessed with speed dreams of being a racing champion.Director: David Soren
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) is the star of this tense and thrilling one-man show, playing a contractor who is trying to remotely manage a difficult job as he speeds towards an important personal task.Director: Steven Knight
Cast: Tom Hardy
1975 | Science Fiction | GSummary: The original Disney sci-fi superhero movie for kids, in which two orphans figure out how to live with their superhuman powers as they are haunted by memories of their lost home. If only they could figure out where that home was...Director: John Hough
Cast: Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasence
2002 | Drama | RSummary: Adam Sandler is uncharacteristically serious, and particularly good in the story of a man prone to rage who finds himself in love with a surprising woman.Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman
1997 | Action | RSummary: Odd comedy about a contract killer played by John Cusack who tries to balance completing a job with rekindling an old romance while home for his high school reunion.Director: George Armitage
Cast: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd
Let Streaming Genie help you.