When I was very young, I was told there are only 3 ages…child, adult and dying. Director Josh Boone’s The Fault In Our Stars bears this out with its main characters, 17-year-old Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) and 18-year-old Gus (Ansel Elgort), both dying of cancer.
They and others in their support group think and act in ways far different than their contemporaries. And, when Writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are on, which is most of the time, we get to experience the different world of the dying, yet noble, teens.
Nat Woolf as the blind youth Isaac, Laura Dern as Grace’s mother and Lotte Verbeek as Lidewij, the kindly secretary of the teens’ favorite novelist Van Houten (Willem Dafoe) add to the excellent performances of Woodley and Elgort.
Though Director Boone and Cinematographer Ben Richardson are on most of the time, as well, I was expecting even more from this film. After all, one could have a hit with the amazing Shailene Woodley reading from the phone book.
Nevertheless, I give The Fault In Our Stars a 4 out of 5.