The initial impressions are good for Shailene Woodley's new movie
‘Fault in Our Stars’ tells the incredibly emotive story of Hazel (Shailene Woodley), a young woman who has spent her entire teenage life under the shadow of cancer. Based on the number-one, bestselling novel by John Green, we see Hazel fall in love in a cancer support group with the ever-charming and resoundingly positive Gus (Ansel Elgort) who has been in remission for one year.
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None of the so-called ‘big hitters’ have had their say, but the early reviews suggest this film won’t just make you laugh and cry, it’ll provoke a modicum of thought, too.
“The Fault in Our Stars undeniably sets us up to knock us down... [and] the reaction from the audience was close to primal scream therapy... That should speak significant volumes, just as their collective, seemingly-synchronised sighs did throughout,” wrote Simon Miraudo of Quickflix.
“A myriad of colours and textures are examined through a multi-faceted kaleidoscope in this teenage love story in which truths about bottled up stars, puddles of tears and things that don't happen as they should, play out in a heart-wrenching journey,” says Urban Cinefile’s Louise Keller.
“While The Fault in Our Stars can be overbearingly schlocky at times,” goes the film’s review on Matt’s Movie Reviews, “it is also an emotionally heartfelt film, especially in regards to the central romance that is sure to make the target audience swoon.”
So far, ‘Fault in Our Stars’ has accumulated a score of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. Obviously, a lack of mainstream critics means that score could change dramatically from now, but the early signs point towards a meaningfully assembled romantic drama.