This sweet adaption is more than OK. OK?
Anyone who didn’t think that The Fault in Our Stars would be a big hit is simply not keeping up. The book, which has sold 10.7 million copies was already a phenomenon long before the movie. And the Stars author is as famous (or more) than the stars in the film.
Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) has cancer. But, that’s her cancer story and this story is definitely more than that. It’s a film that manages to be funny, poignant and heartbreaking. For those who read the book, there was no other choice.
I know the question you have and the answer for me is, "no." I did not tear up because this is a story about youth, love and life. But I forgive anyone who does because the sad parts unfolded without being movie - manipulative. It’s one of the best films of 2014 so far.
Simply put: Good news for those who read the book, it’s a faithful, sweet adaptation. Good news for those who haven’t: it’s pretty awesome.
Award potential: Ansel Elgort’s character is a little too perfect, the film’s only fault, but Shailene Woodley has a shot at a Golden Glove nod. As does Laura Dern, in a supporting role as her mom. It’s a long shot for any Oscar nominations.
The ten buck review: Worth ten bucks.