Movie Reviews: The Fault Of Our Stars




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     20th Century Fox (2 hrs. 5 min)
    Two teenagers share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey.
     Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff
Bottom Line:

J.R. Johnson

“The Fault in Our Stars” is one of the most popular young adult novels ever published. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood came knocking on author John Green’s door. Many romantic novels have been pushed onto the big screen and found either reasonable success or none at all. The hype built around this film since its announcement has been through the roof, and the expectations couldn’t be any greater. Fortunately for the filmmakers, Hollywood got this one right

“The Fault in Our Stars” follows the story of Hazel (Shailene Woodly), a cancer patient who is befriended by Gus (Ansel Elgort), a cancer survivor who has become infatuated with Hazel after their meeting in a cancer support group. They are each one half of the same circle, and when they meet, it feels like it’s meant to be. The only problem is that Hazel doesn’t know if she’ll be around long enough to enjoy her new love. Instead of worrying, the two throw away all the problems of the real world and invest everything they have in one another.

Despite the depressing tone one might expect, “The Fault in Our Stars” is very uplifting and filled with passion. Of course, there are sad moments, actually there are quite a few, but the film never looses its light because of Woodly’s performance.

The relationship between Hazel and Gus is as formulaic as a romantic connection can be. It’s cheesy in certain cases, but it fits the film’s narrative. Hazel just pushes the emotion more than any other character and helps the sentiment overlap everything else.
Gus and Hazel’s relationship feels like it was made to pull every frayed heartstring within reach. Together the two create genuine exposition of passion that grips the audience until the credits roll. These two actors have a unique chemistry, and that is what sets it apart from the rest of the stories that revolve around young love.

The adaptation of “The Fault in Our Stars” is an emotional rollercoaster, tying in everything from wit and romance to the concepts of life and death.

At the end of the film, it wouldn’t be outrages to say this is one of the more memorable love stories in the past few decades.

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