Moved to Tears

Describe the last time you were moved to tears by something beautiful.

I’m gonna do a movie review! And I have to say that it didn’t actually move me to tears, but it was pretty damn close. A few nights ago I watched The Fault in Our Stars starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel and the excellent Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters. I don’t intend to add too many spoilers or significant detail, in case anyone wants to watch it as a result of reading this.

At this stage I should say that I started reading this book but I am the world’s slowest reader. That’s not to say that I’m a bad reader – I take in the details but I just take my time with it. I read roughly at speaking pace, so it takes me a while. And then if I can’t read for a short period, I tend to give up.

This is a book that I had started to read, and what I liked about the book was the clever turns of phrase and the dialogue. I found the characters absolutely absorbing in this film, aided and abetted with clever soliloquies and witty conversations that nearly take precedence in building the loving relationships that emphasise the pain yet to come.

The part of the book I read was portrayed in the film as classic chick flick – boy meets girl, she plays hard to get, they fall deeply, madly in love – only it has the backdrop of the main protagonists battle with cancer. All the way through the film carries this theme for me, but the cruel twist of events that cause the faulty stars to become crossed carries the film to another level.

The last forty minutes or so were genuinely intense. There were times when it could have stopped, when it could have finished there and then with the happy ending. But it kept pulling you on another turn. I was perhaps so captivated that I didn’t question whether this was being over dramatic or a little obvious. I just wanted to know what happens next.

This is a film that would merit a place in my blu-ray collection for future viewing, and that is only normally saved for films containing Kate Beckinsale.

I never knew that writing film reviews was so hard!

Tried liberation of my own free will
But it left me looking to get higher still.
Oh and the answer, well, who would have guessed
Could be something as simple as this?
God knows how I could have missed
Something as simple as this.

Simple As This by Jake Bugg

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