05 Jan

The Fault in Our Stars

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Grade: B

The Fault in Our Stars is a basic teenage love story, complicated by the fact that the two leads have cancer. There’s nothing glamorous or romantic about cancer, but the message here is that despite trying life circumstances, there can be moments of grace and perfection.

Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) meet in a cancer support group. They bond over their irreverent sense of humor and a shared passion for a particular novel.

Both families face tough emotions while coping with the illnesses that affect everyone around them. Yet somehow Hazel and Gus manage to take one day at a time, striving to live rather than waiting to die.

Well done, well acted, well written and true to the novel upon which the movie is based. Sure to be a hit with teens. Might even be a classic in the same way that “Love Story” has become one.  We will definitely see more from Woodley and Elgort.

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