Genre: Romantic Drama
Main Players: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern
General Gist: A 16 year old with cancer meets a fellow cancer survivor at a support group and a relationship ensues even with an unpredictable future.
You all know I am a huge fan of the book to movie phenomenon. I get pretty excited about seeing a movie when I've read the book. Especially when it's a book I loved. And I loved this book. I'm also pretty forgiving when the movie doesn't quite live up to the book. Which is most of the time but I still enjoy the excitement leading up to going to the movie.
I thought this movie was a really good adaptation of the book. Of course there were things that were left out but overall it really stuck to the book. I thought the casting was great too. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort were perfect in their roles. Like the book, it was funny and sad at the same time. There was lots of crying in the theater. And a lot of mothers with their tween/teen daughters. I think the only guys that were there were coerced by their girlfriends to go.
If you liked the book I think you will like the movie too. If you didn't read the book and think you will like the movie. Basically, you will like this movie. I loved it.
Tiff's Rate: Opening Night
Like Tiff, I enjoy a book to movie film. I do have my qualms as I have never seen a movie that was better than a book, I mean really, that isn't possible. That being said, some movies just do it better than others when it comes to depicting the book. This movie was one of them. I had just finished this book a couple days before I saw the movie, which always is a little bit of a risk as the details are so fresh in my head and I HATE missing out on details, even though I know a movie can never really get it all, I am still always just a little disappointed. This book seemed perfect though. The detail in the book seemed doable for a movie. There wasn't so much inner character dialogue that got lost, and this movie actually shared some of that dialogue along the way. Kudos! I am often disappointed in the choice of actors to play certain parts. I was not disappointed this time. The actors did so well. I felt like Shailene was great, and Ansel was a charmer. I didn't feel like the actors overplayed their parts and they all seemed natural, which I too like.
I can't give this movie an Opening Night however, I do feel like there was some lacking of emotion and deep connection that I got between the two main characters in the book, and didn't get in the movie. Probably not the fault of the movie/directors but rather just a side effect of making a movie from a book. I will say that this movie was probably one of the best book to film movies I have watched and if you liked the book, you will enjoy the movie as well.
Deb's Rate: Friday Night