Tuesday 23 January 2018

True love and cancer - Paul Whitington reviews 'The Fault in Our Stars'

Scene from 'The Fault In Our Stars'
Scene from 'The Fault In Our Stars'

Paul Whitington

In the age of Twilight and The Hunger Games, it's refreshing to find a teen movie that dares to deal with more serious themes.

The Fault in Our Stars, which opened in cinemas here yesterday, is based on a bestselling book by John Green and charts the blossoming love affair between two teenage cancer sufferers.

Rising star Shailene Woodley is Grace, a bookish 16-year-old who has metastasized thyroid cancer that could kill her at any time.

She prefers to remain aloof to the wider world until she meets Gus (Ansel Elgort), a charming cancer survivor who believes that the day should most definitely be seized.

Slick, very nicely made, ingeniously soundtracked and perhaps a tad manipulative, The Fault in Our Stars has done huge business in the States and should do equally well here. And though at times you feel like you're being told when to cry, that doesn't mean you won't start dutifully blubbing on cue.

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