Hey there! So I originally posted this on my site: www.pishelle.com, if you want to check it out there. But I had a feeling some of my buzzloves went to see this movie, or read the book, so I wanted to see what you guys thought!
We were all waiting for this one, quite impatiently weren't we? John Green wrote an emotional roller-coaster of a novel, which we all ate up and fell in love with. I for one was on top of all the news as soon as I heard it was becoming a movie. It is always a nerve-wrecking thing for book lovers, because you want to see it come alive, but you don't want it to fall short of your expectations. I went in with lower expectations, because that's the only way things work out for me and movies in general these days.
So, at first I was iffy on the casting, but when am I not? Aside from that time my lover Logan Lerman played Charlie in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which was dead-on! On the other hand I was uber excited to see Nat Wolff, as he's been so good in everything lately. And I swear he grew up overnight! Even though I had my doubts, I didn't dwell too much on it, and just hoped for the story to stay true to the book. Knowing John Green was so heavily involved brought me some ease on that, because I figured if he was there throughout it, he would make sure it was authentic.
And I can definitely say it was a pretty good ode to the book. There were things that were left out, but for the right reasons. I mean, if everything in the book was in the movie, it would have been five hours long. I'm so not about that life, I get irritated when it's over 2 1/2 these days. But all the best parts of the book were in it, and that is what is important. I thought Shailene Woodley did a good job as Hazel Grace Lancaster. Although both her and Ansel Elgort weren't who I had in mind, I thought they were a good pairing.
Ansel completely transformed the character of Augustus Waters. It was definitely not the character that I imagined from when I read the book, but it was perfect for him. He definitely did the character justice, by staying true to himself. I think if he tried to replicate, at least what I thought who Augustus Waters was going to be, I would have been disappointed. I don't know about all of you, but I pictured this uber hot almost broody guy, who has a sarcastic sense of humor. But the way Ansel plays it, it's more of a lovable goofball, and I thought that worked just as well.
Of course as I mentioned before, I was so looking forward to Nat Wolff, and he definitely didn't disappoint. He was so funny. My favorite scene with him is right after he breaks up with his girlfriend and he's at Gus' house, Hazel and Gus are having a conversation about their books, and he's just breaking trophies. I loved that. I haven't read Paper Towns yet, but apparently Nat will be the lead in the movie! So I gotta get on that!
They all did a great job capturing the essential parts of the books, which is why I was satisfied with the movie. The only thing that kind of bothered me was, at times you could tell that some of the dialogue was straight from the book. And yes, that's also good in staying true to the book, but sometimes things don't translate well in speech as it does in writing. There were a few time when that happened, but it was never a big deal. I didn't think the whole 'Okay? Okay..." wasn't as prominent in the movie, but maybe that wouldn't have been translated so well, if it was said so repetitively. On the other hand, can we talk about the awesome little TV throwbacks they incorporated like Buffy! That was pretty great!
If you're a fan of the book, definitely give the movie a go, it's well worth the watch. Even if you didn't, and don't plan to, I thought it was well done. I'd see it again!
P.S. I intentionally left out plot details, cause I hope you all read the book before you go see the movie! ;)
Are you a fan of the book? Did you think the movie did the book justice?