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|Original title:||The Fault in our Stars|
|Production country:||USA 2014|
|Running time:||Ca. 126 Min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
For years, 16-year-old Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) has been suffering from thyroid cancer with metastases in the lungs. Although a new drug has spared her much too early death so far, Hazel has apparently come to terms with the fact that she will not lead a normal and long life. Nevertheless, she follows the wishes of her parents (Laura Dern, Sam Trammell) and visits a self-help group for young cancer patients. There she met Gus (Ansel Elgort), who had a leg amputated due to bone cancer. The boy's very self-confident and cheerful nature impresses Grace and quickly a close friendship develops between the two, which could easily become love. But Grace actually wants to prevent that, because she thinks she's a ticking time bomb that will inflict terrible pain on everyone in her nourishing environment when it goes off. Your family can't protect you from that, but Gus can. But then he fulfils her greatest wish and travels with her to Amsterdam to meet the author Peter Van Houten (Willem Dafoe), the author of her favourite book. But the journey is completely different than planned and will change the lives and love of the two young people in the long run…
With his novel "Das Schicksal ist ein mieser Verräter" the American writer John Green has made it to the top of the international bestseller lists in a very short time and has been awarded the German Youth Literature Prize. Even before the book was published, Hollywood knocked on Green's door because of the rights to a film version. But at first the author hesitated. He wanted his book to be in good hands - and that was the case when he met producer Wyck Godfrey. For Godfrey, it was clear that the film should do justice to the characters in the book and that the adaptation, like the book, should not become a dripping smiley about cancer. The direction was taken by Josh Boone, who already proved a sensitive hand for unusual love stories of young people with his indie comedy "Love Stories".
The great strength of Green's book is that the story is primarily aimed at young readers, but that older readers are also completely carried away and moved. It's a universally beautiful book that actually knows no age limit. This is only conditionally the case with Boone's film. Here the young target group is addressed much more clearly, which is noticeable both by the two main actors, who recently appeared together as siblings in "Divergent - Die Bestimmung", and by the soundtrack with songs by Birdy and Ed Sheeran, among others. And this target group is guaranteed to be perfectly served by this very successful film adaptation. Here you can dream and pine unrestrained, laugh a little but also sob bitterly. The film perfectly understands how to serve the entire palette of emotions. For adult viewers, this may be a bit thick at times, and especially in the case of the scene set in the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, it also seems a bit strange. And yet the whole thing simply works very, very well. Because as kitschy as one or the other scene may seem, you have to be made of stone to not have lost a few tears in the end.
In the first half of the movie the main characters still seem a bit overstyled, their language almost a bit precocious. Here one has the feeling that young people, even if they are forced by an illness to grow up in a certain way, would never talk like that. The likeable and very engaging game by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort quickly makes up for this weakness. At the latest in the last third this impression is scattered anyway, because then precisely the way in which Gus deals with his fate seems very honest and pleasantly unembellished. And that's exactly how the story can unfold its full emotional power in the film version. And as in the book, this is very sad on the one hand, but on the other hand it is also wonderfully life-affirming and absolutely moving.
So "Das Schicksal ist ein mieser Verräter" is an absolutely successful film adaptation of the bestseller, which does justice to the book in almost every respect and which primarily - but not exclusively - offers its young target group one of the most beautiful love stories of recent years. Admittedly, here and there the whole thing is kitschy, clichéd and too thickly applied. However, this doesn't change the fact that the movie as a whole is simply wonderful. And for that there is a clear one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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