This film was very heavily hyped during, before and after its release. Was this hype justified? Who can say?
Based on the book by John Green, this movie tells the story of Hazel and Gus, who meet during a cancer support meeting and fall in love against the inevitable fate of their respective diagnoses. Their wit and love for each other brings them together on a journey for discovery and answers.
The book of the film was heavily hyped when it was released. It was said to be the saddest book ever written and when a film was announced, readers (primarily of the 13-16 age group) excitedly waited for its release. The film wasn’t soul-destroyingly heartbreaking but it still packed a punch, emotions-wise. Augustus Waters is the man who all teen girls want to love.
Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley shone as the two main protagonists in the film. They both added something to their respective roles as the teens struck by cancer and love. Willem Defoe played the role of Peter Van Houten – this was the only casting choice I didn’t like. I’m sure that another actor (such as Christoph Waltz) could have added something interesting to the role. Still, Defoe brought his own nuances to the film.
The scenes in the Anne Frank House were beautifully done and it was a first in film where the girl kisses the guy instead of the other way round. Progress? Maybe not.
At the end of it all, I didn’t expect to be felled by the hammerblow of emotion, although I was – nearer the end. Its not cloyingly sentimental, although some of the dialogue is a bit corny. And the soundtrack is perfect.
MY RATING: ***** / *****