Friday 19 January 2018

Movie review: The Fault in Our Stars (12A)

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgot in The Fault in Our Stars
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgot in The Fault in Our Stars

Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. Directed by Josh Boone

This feature film adaptation of John Green's novel about teen cancer patients could easily have strayed into TV movie territory but rather than shamelessly pulling at the audience's heartstrings, it declines to make victims of its central characters.

Instead, we're treated a quite charming romance that can only have one possibly conclusion, but is still engaging and believable, mainly due to its two young leads.

Shailene Woodley, in particular, proves herself to be one of the most confident and capable young actresses out there.  She plays long-term cancer patient Hazel Grace whose life is changed by impossibly handsome and charming Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort).

Woodley and Elgort have chemistry and first time director Josh Boone doesn't patronise his audience by over-sentimentalising their relationship.

Laura Dern and Willem Dafoe provide capable support as Hazel's mother and a panto-villain retired author.

First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent

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