First of all I’d like to thanks a friend for showing me this movie last night. It was one of the best film I’ve seen for a while, and it wasn’t expected (you know, two guys usually prefer sex movies or idiot movies. Not this kind).
Said that, I think that The Fault In Our Stars is a great movie. It’s well acted, well executed, it’s not too fast or too slow, the plot is nice with many twists… All things considered it could be define a “good movie”… But: what makes a “good movie” a “great movie”? Because I’ve just said that this movie is great and not only good.
Let’s start from the beginning. This movie tells about love and life (an hard and suffering life). While I was watching this movie a phrase continuously came to my mind.
“True love is looking at another and treating another with the desire that he become true, that he fulfill his destiny. Without love for destiny there is no love, without love for the destiny of another there is no love for another.”
If you saw the trailer of the movie, I’m sorry but you saw nothing. From the trailer this movie is like many others: there’s a boy and a girl, she’s sick, but they love each other and maybe there’s an happy ending or alternatively she dies. No. This movie is not like that. It’s not possible to lock up this film in the “romantic genre”.
Let’s go back to the previous question. I suppose that a movie, to be great, should move something inside you. Not only because it’s well done or full of special effects or sentimental. A great movie moves something because it’s true and it touches something that belongs to the viewer.
Many years ago, a teacher (who is already in heaven now), told me that if someone likes a book, it’s because the book has something inside that is part of the reader. A book is able (somehow) to touch the reader because he/she feels that something of him/her is in there. So, a movie is great when it has something of the viewer inside. At least something that the viewer feels as corresponding.
Well… This movie corresponds to me. It has something inside that I feel as corresponding and, the sign of that, is my constant reminder of that sentence quoted above. In this movie “love” is not intended as a superficial feeling where everyone is happy, or at least not only. “Love” is more deep and showed exactly as said before: “love is looking at another and treating another with the desire that he become true, that he fulfill his destiny”.
In my life I want that. That’s why this movie corresponds to me. Because loving someone is not only appreciate the good, but also the bad. Sometimes is hard, sometimes is easier but in the end it’s worth, because you (in the first place) feel dignified and happier.
That’s exactly what this movie wants to tell. It’s not a romantic movie, and sometimes you’ll feel the instinct to cry, but in spite of everything for less than that, for less than that desire of love in our life, is not worth loving. For this reason, in my personal opinion, this is not a “romantic genre” but it’s a “life genre”: because it has in principle a seed that many should take to understand what it means to truly love.