Thursday, September 03, 2015

Movie review - "The Fault in Our Stars" (2014) ****

Beautifully realised version of the best selling book which was a deserved smash at the box office. Like all monster teen hits (Twilight, The Hunger Games) the casting of the leads is impeccable - Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are superb as the star crossed lovers. The world of cancer among teens is wonderfully depicted - tragic, humourous, matter of fact. These kids go to lots of funerals, deal with daggy therapy leaders and anxious parents and lots of doctors; the fall in love, bicker and banter, have favourite authors and are often scared to dream.

The first rate script is full of romantic, witty lines, and its expertly produced, with a top soundtrack. I had a few gripes - it is too long (at 133 minutes), the characters of the parents are so sketchy they may as well have been cut even more (Woodley has a scene with her dad at the end and it's like "who are you?"), there's a random writers assistant who accompanies them to the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam.

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