The Fault in Our Stars review

Josh Boone
Shailene Woodley
Ansel Elgort
Nat Wolff
Laura Dern
Willem Dafoe
Rated: PG-13

Shailene Woodley plays a teen named Hazel,suffering from cancer and also a limited social life. This changes, though when she meets another teen named Gus who has to deal with cancer during a support group meeting.

The two start a friendship that eventually leads to a romance which takes both of them on an emotional journey.

“The Fault in our Stars” came across as similar to most other young adult romances that include a more tragic aspect, this wasn’t particular a drawback, though, as these types of movies can work well enough.

What didn’t work as well was the long runtime that was well over two hours and the different plot threads and emotional climaxes it went through. I had the feeling that a bit more time in the editing room could have helped, a scene where the teens visit an Anne Frank museum could have been cut, for example.

Shailene Woodley is a very talented actress who already has a good career track record, having starred in 2011’s “The Descendants.” It’s no different here as Woodley delivers a good enough performance.

The only issue is that her character, as well as the character Gus played by Ansel Elgort, are at times given lines of dialogue that almost come across as pretentious. It almost seemed that they were so philosophical that it took away the idea that they were just teens.

Speaking of the character Gus, Elgort doesn’t exactly do the most memorable acting job. His character seemed somewhat cliched and there wasn’t that much chemistry with him and Woodley.

Maybe the characters work better in the book, but they just don’t on screen.
The movie features a good performance by Woodley and most of the others are fair, however, this story seemed like it was trying to run away from certain young adult cliches and yet at the same time had plenty of those cliches clear and present. 2 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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