Review

The Fault In Our Stars stars Shailene Woddley as 16 year old Hazel Grace Lancaster, unfortunately for Hazel she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was 12. Thanks to some experimental drugs her cancer is in remission but one of the effects of her illness is that her lungs no longer work as they should and to enable her to get enough oxygen into her lungs she has to drag about an oxygen bottle with the tubes that come from it constantly fixed to her nose.

The story is narrated by Hazel who we first meet as she's being dragged by her well-meaning parents (Laura Dern and Sam Trammell) to a support group. At the meeting she meets Gus (Ansel Elgort) a fellow cancer sufferer who has lost part of his leg. The two of them then strike up a friendship and they spend their time going for picnics, reading books, he even uses his last bucket list wish to whisk Hazel and her mother off to Amsterdam where they meet her favourite author Peter Van Houten (Willem Dafoe). It's whilst in Amsterdam that the pairs friendship turns to love, of all places it happens in Anne Franks house, it's here that the pair embrace in their first kiss and are cheered on by an appreciative bunch of tourists. It all does seem a bit inappropriate given the location

Needlessly to say that the path of true love doesn't run smoothly and the couple having found love have to deal with the worst that life can throw at them.

The Fault in Our Stars is, given the subject matter, a bit of a depressing watch. It's obviously exists for no other purpose than to make its audience cry. Unfortunately the story feels so manipulative that it almost feels cold. Gus is so needy and clingy that he borders on being annoying, watch him arrange and take part in his own funeral to see what I mean. Teenage girls who have read the book that the film is based on will no doubt love it the rest of us might just wonder what all the fuss is about.



The Fault In Our Stars (12A)

2h 5m

Director: Josh Boone
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe

UK Release: Thursday 19th June 2014




The Fault In Our Stars - "She Is, I'm Not" Clip

The Fault In Our Stars - "Grenede" Clip

The Fault In Our Stars - "Egging" Clip

The Fault In Our Stars - The Making Of Featurette