The Fault in our Stars film paired with a special sparkly meal

Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgot & Laura Dern

Rating 8/10 

Plot in a flash:

– Teenager, Hazel Grace Lancaster (Woodley) has cancer and has it pretty badly. Her mum sends her reluctant daughter to a cancer support group where she meets a fella, Augustus Waters (Elgort).
– ‘Gus’ has had cancer and is looking fit and healthy and promptly falls for the very sick Hazel much to her surprise.
– Their relationship blossoms, resulting in a trip to Amsterdam to meet Hazel’s favourite author. But there are hiccups on the way of course as the dreaded cancer starts rearing it’s ugly head again.


So when Gus and Hazel Grace fly off to Amsterdam, they have a beautifully fancy meal at a sparkly-beautiful restaurant. And what are they served, I hear you say? Dragon carrot risotto, that’s what! Now I’m not sure what Dragon carrots are, so we’re just going with this delish Carrot Risotto from Food Loves Writing.

Review in a flash:

This film is summed up in two emotions: laughter and weeping. I really didn’t expect this film to have a funny side but I’m glad it did. But, be warned, it’s also incredibly sad and moving (I won’t tell you why) and full of surprises. There was much sniffing and eye-wiping in the cinema when I saw this. And, I might add a bit of weeping out loud, but I didn’t blame them. It seems everyone knows someone with cancer these days, so it is destined to hit a raw nerve or two.

Woodley shines in this film. She really carries it and she really had to! If there was no tears in the audience, she would have really failed but her performance was flawless. Elgot’s character, Gus, was a tad naive, cocky and a little OTT at times but, ultimately loveable.

This movie moves like a book, chapter by chapter and at times it feels sooo slow. But it’s kinda ok, because the story is so intriguing, mesmorising and incredibly moving. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s a really great movie, worth the investment of emotion that you’ll no doubt have to make. Bring tissues!!!


Now you could call this dessert if you’d like to… I would so I will! It’s really more of a cocktail but it suited this film so brilliantly I couldn’t pass it by. Hazel Grace and Gus enjoyed a glass or two or three of champers together and these creations have stars on them damn it! How perfect is that?! But you’ll have to make them and drink a couple while you watch this emotional movie. It’s Champagne Chantilly Shooters recipe from Fast Cocktail Recipes.


The Fault in our Stars trivia:

  • Budget – $12 million
  • Filmed in Pennsylvania and Amsterdam (of course!)
  • The title is inspired by this Shakespearean quote: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves”
  • Woodley and Elgot starred together in the movie Divergent as siblings.
  • Woodley was so desperate to get the part, she wrote a pretty passionate letter to both the director and author.


Are you game to see this movie? Do you like tear-jerkers?

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