Borrowing its title from Shakespeare and a plot of a dozen similarly themed films, The Fault in Our Stars is a love story between two teens battling terminal cancer.
Uber charismatic up and coming stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (both of Divergent and she of The Descendants) are Hazel and Gus. Her cancer affects the lungs; his took a part of a leg. They meet at a cancer support group. He's instantly smitten. She's reluctant. But it's pretty much love at first site.
Together they, with Laura Dern and Sam Trammell, who play her parents, endure the tragedy that befalls those too young to die.
The big sales point for this film is the chemistry between Woodley and Elgort. Both are terrific young actors, and they absolutely sizzle in this one.
With this type movie, whether you like it depends on how it's done and how it moves from predictable A to tear-inducing Z. Though overly long and by the film's end, predictable, this one moves through the alphabet quite well.
Bring a hanky. Or two. Or three. You'll need them.
Director: Josh Boone
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willen Dafoe, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Lotte Verbeek
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It's playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.
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