I think that for once, there aren’t any spoilers.
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Main plot: The relationship of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, is probably special in every way. For one, they’ve both got cancer, which cost Gus a leg and makes Hazel have to carry an oxygen tank with her all the time.
Main cast: Shailene Woodley (Hazel Grace Lancaster); Ansel Elgort (Augustus Waters); Nat Wolff (Isaac)
Review: To be honest, I already cried when watching the trailer, and one of the reasons was, that I think Shailene’s voice is absolutely amazing. I had read the book (and reviewed it on my other blog), so I was a little bit anxious about the film not ruining it, but not living up to my expectations. I was not disappointed. The film was beautifully made and the cast was fantastic, as both Hazel and Gus aren’t perfect. of course they had to leave out one or the other scene and they changed the last words (yes, I’m very picky with this kind of stuff) which weren’t as good in my opinion. I once read something, that the amazing thing about John Green books is, that on one page, you can find a beautiful, deep quote and on the next one something like “I want this dragon carrot risotto to become a person so I can take it to Las Vegas and marry it”. My problem was, that, knowing what happens in the end, I found it rather hard to laugh.
I went to the cinema with a friend, and when the movie was over, we both cried so hard, but the rest of the cinema seemed completely untouched. I think someone even laughed 😦 .
What I love about this film: That it was held very closely to the book and I think Ansel Elgort was the perfect Augustus Waters.
My rating: 9/10
Did you see/like The Fault in Our Stars?
This review contains spoilers.
Storyline: When teenager Juno finds out she is pregnant after an incident in a chair with her friend Bleeker, she decides to place the child with an adoptive couple she found in the PennySaver.
Actors: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman
My review: I’ve seen this film two and a half times, and I love it. (Although I usually say “like” even more after watching, which kind of annoys me 😉 .) Teenage pregnancy is a pretty touchy topic and I think the film copes with it very well. I’m really happy that in the end Juno actually gives the child to Vanessa because I would have felt so bad for her if she didn’t. From the first appearance of Jason Bateman’s character, I didn’t really like him. I couldn’t see a proper personality, ugh, I just so hate him! One of the cutest things about the movie is probably the way her dad explains love to Juno (“Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.” Awww) but then thinks she means him anyway :D. When they first mentioned St. Cloud I was totally like (you see what I mean?!) “MARSHALL’S FROM ST.CLOUD!!” so I checked later and they did actually mean that St. Cloud (although they didn’t film anything there). Man, am I good or what? The one thing that drove me pretty much crazy, was that Juno’s little sister is called Liberty Bell. LIBERTY BELL! I don’t understand how people can do this to their kids! I’m giving this a fantastic 9.5/10, I just love it.
Something I love about this film: Leah – I thought she had the funniest lines and she’s just SO pretty!
My rating: 9.5/10
Did you see/like Juno?
Love Actually (2001)
Storyline: The film follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London.
Actors: Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth
My review: I saw this film twice. The first time round I didn’t think it was a great film, I couldn’t keep a proper overview over the eight different stories. I think it would have been better if there would have only been five stories or so. I really liked the end scene where just about everyone ends up at Heathrow Airport. One of my favourite stories was the one with Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister. The other one I liked a lot was the one with the Portuguese woman and the writer Jamie. I didn’t really like the one with Sara and Karl because it was kind of depressing… The story with Keira Knightley as the bride and the best friend of her husband was in a beautiful way sad (“To me, you are perfect”). Now I’m concentrating too much on the single stories… I liked the film a lot, it was funny and romantic and I’m an absolute Christmas-Lover, so I like most Christmas films. Facit: Nice, romantic and funny Christmas films without real action but perfect to be cuddled up under a blanket with a cup of tea.
Something I love about this film: There are so many little things I love about this film, I just can’t make my mind up!
In All: 7.5/10
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