original name: The Fault in Our Stars.
release date: May 16, 2014 / September 4, 2014in Russia.
Genre: drama, melodrama.
Producer: Josh Boon.
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Nat Wolfe, Willem Dafoe, Lotta Verbek, Ana Dela Cruz, Randy Kovits.
Duration: 133 minutes / 02:13.
Age limit: 12+.
The "Guilty Stars" directed by Josh Boone could be another love story. Clean, touching and bright. But from the first minutes of the film, the viewer knows that there will be no happy ending.
Augustus (Ansel Elgort - "Divergent", "Kid on Drive") and Hazel (Shailene Woodley) meet on a group of cancer patients, they are 18. They are young and beautiful, do not make plans, live today, look at the stars and try get everything from life. They have one book for two - The Royal Ailment by Peter Van Houten (the charismatic Willem Dafoe). A book with an unfinished story, breaking off at a glance. For Hazel and Augustus, it is necessary to find out the denouement, the fate of the heroes. After all, they already know their fate ...
Regardless of the direction and the acting (and the cast is pretty strong - Oscar nominees Laura Dern (mother Hazel), Willem Dafoe and rising star Shailene Woodley), the female audience will shed tears. In another way. The theme is this. Incurable disease. Hopelessness. Fading away. The loss of loved ones.
Undoubtedly, the picture is largely made by Shailene Woodley - a young, bright, novice, but already stellar - the idol of youth after the anti-utopia Divergent, the embodiment of strength, femininity and maternal love after the dramatic mini-series Jean-Marc Vallee “Big Little Lie” (where she will meet in Laura Dern, but both will already play mothers - loving, suffering, wise). Her beautiful radiant eyes, clean face and naughty bangs are remembered at first sight. She really is a "bomb" (as the heroine of Shaileen says to herself), which will blow everything around herself. It is easy to fall in love with her at first sight, to believe, she wants to do everything for her, she needs to be given a chance.
And although the director managed to create the atmosphere of a youth film, the direct message to “Knockin 'on Heaven” and the drama “In my soul I dance” is noticeable at first sight. This is the desire to live to the fullest, this is the bitter philosophy of doomed people, humility before the inevitable and the pain of parting with loved ones.
But there is another important topic revealed in the film - life after the tragedy. Hazel's parents (Laura Dern and Sam Trammel) know that the moment will come when their child will leave them forever and they will need the strength to live on. Laura Dern played a beautiful mother, who holds, supports and just loves - humbly, hopelessly, with great pain in her heart.
But the character of Willem Dafoe - a desperate, rude and selfish writer Peter Van Houten, on the contrary - did not accept his loss: his whole life, every day is a memory, it is a struggle against an unjust world.
There is a lot of warmth and light in the picture, but this light makes the story even more tragic. A good soundtrack that very accurately conveys the mood of the film - the triumph of life, no matter what.
"I taste the taste of the stars ...." This is about champagne. This is about life, about heaven, about dreams ...
And they are to blame for everything - magic bubbles, which gave the protagonists so much - hopes, feelings of complete happiness, a taste of life. Blame the stars ...