The Fault In Our Stars (No Spoilers)

On Sunday morning I went to see The Fault in Our Stars with a friend who hasn't read the book. Gasp! But I just had to see it this weekend and she was willing, so we went. Of course she didn't get it the way we do. She didn't even cry that much. I think she's a robot. I laughed, I cried a ton, and I may have hyperventilated a little (seriously, there was one scene in particular that filled me with anxiety). I had a stomachache during the movie and a headache with puffy eyes after it. It was awful and I loved it. Girls are psychotic.

NO SPOILERS, I promise. I am in love with the movie. I was skeptical in the beginning. Ansel Elgort wasn't winning me over as Gus for a few minutes there, but that didn't last long. I fell in love with him slowly, and then all at once. Shailene was amazing as Hazel Grace. Her parents were great. Isaac was great. Van Houten and Lidewij were great. I read the book two years ago so it wasn't fresh in my memory and in the moment I didn't feel like the movie strayed too far. You can find hundreds of articles (like this one) pointing out all the differences, but they still don't bother me at all.

Let's chat a bit about my theater experience. Sunday morning movies are my absolute favorite. There are hardly any people in the audience (even on opening weekend), popcorn for breakfast is just plain awesome, and the tickets are cheap. At my 11:30 showing, there were quite a few people. And by people, I mean women and girls. Of course I was upset during the entire second half of the movie, but I feel like I was a respectful crier. I was quiet and calm and used tissue to catch the tears rolling down my face.

Some of these ladies were audibly sobbing. Like, LOUDLY. It was so embarrassing! One lady sounded like she was getting stabbed. Wait, maybe she was. I probably should have checked on her. And then the snot. Oh, the snot. There was so much stuffiness, coughing, throat clearing, blowing, and slurping, and it was totally disgusting. That honestly took me out of feeling all the feelings, which was probably a good thing. It helped me maintain some composure. If I was watching it alone in the comfort of my own home maybe I would have reacted the exact same way.

This little $12 million movie brought in $48 million this weekend. Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow cost $175 million to make (his most expensive movie ever) and only brought in $29 million. That is the power of great material (thanks, John Green), a good cast, and a rabid teen girl fan base. Also, adult women who sometimes like to read YA.

Did you see TFiOS this weekend? What did you think?
How was your movie going experience?


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

LOLOL @ girls are psychotic. Truth.

I'm so glad the movie did justice to the great material in the book.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I haven't seen it yet and I haven't read the book. (Gasp!)

I want to see it and will probably sob all the way through it with everyone else. I love that it made so much money. Movies with strong female leads SHOULD make a lot of money. I hope it makes even more.

Lauren @ Lot Forty Eight said...

I can't even describe how much I hate that book and movie. I hate the fad. Teen sex makes me really really angry. It's too damn sad. And I hate it with all my soul. My little sister made me see

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Haven't seen it or heard about it

Jessie Jones said...

I am on the fence about reading the book - and I will read the book before I see the movie. But I just don't know if i want to read something that makes so many people cry so much - you know what I mean? What do you think? HELP!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

Can't wait to see it. I could use a good cry and then a pitcher of margaritas immediately after.