REVIEW: Ed Sheeran's The Fault in Our Stars track
Have you heard Ed Sheeran's contribution to the The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack? It hurts a little. So does the video.
Don't even ask us if we're okay, because of course the answer is no. How can anyone be okay after listening to Ed Sheeran's track "All of the Stars" for The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack? Making it worse: the video full of "inspirational" wall art and that adorable ginger's sad eyes at the end. We need a moment.
First, the oh-so-perfect song. Melodically speaking, it's not exactly Sheeran's smoothest moment. It's easy to move past that, though. Any songs for this movie are going to be far more focused on lyrics than on offering up a reliable beat. And these lyrics? They fit so perfectly with the story and sentiment in John Green's book The Fault in Our Stars. We're convinced that Sheeran had to have read the book. If he didn't, we don't want to know. One of the stand-out sections:
You're on the other side
As the skyline splits in two
I'm miles away from seeing you
I can see the stars
I wonder, do you see them, too?
Unf. It hurts, right? I don't want to spoil anything, so if you haven't read the book, just skip the rest of this paragraph. But this song must come as the credits roll. It makes perfect sense that these are Hazel Grace's thoughts or prayers as she lays in the grass without Gus. And once you realize that, any twinge of awkwardness to the song becomes sheer unfathomable heartbreak.
The song breaks our hearts, but the video brings an entirely new set of feelings. The art on the wall looks like a mix of two things: fan art for John Green from fans of his book and art/cards you'd find on the walls of rooms in the oncology section of the hospital. That's rough. Of course. But, if you've loved someone or known someone who has spent a lot of time in that unit (or just read the book), you know that sometimes those "inspirational" thoughts can be a little hard to swallow. All those ones about following your dreams? How many kids with cancer stand a chance of ever doing that? For Hazel Grace and Gus, they chased a couple of short-term dreams, but how far did they get to go beyond that?
...Now I'm in a terrible mood. Thanks a lot, Ed Sheeran.