“Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.”
That gives this movie is much more whimsical sound to it than really exists. In reality this movie is really a heartfelt and at times heart breaking story of living and working through adversity, as well as the serendipity of life. Straight off the top, this movie is acted brilliantly, no one can say that they couldn’t empathize with the characters played by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (or any other character for that matter). Their portrayals are truly captivating and relatable. This movie also does its best to confront a few different issues, that alllllll people at some point in time can relate too, and that’s going to give it great mass appeal, while being grounded in some more specific issues like dealing with cancer and mortality. All of these various issues are tackled respectfully and in a way that really adds a lot of humanity to some issues and situations that can seem somewhat institutional otherwise. Every young girl leaving this movie is both going to be in tears, as well as wanting a boyfriend like Gus. The pacing here is done in a way that allows for a decent passage of time to pass without then feeling like the narrative is being rushed at any point. This movie genuinely tip toes on the edge of being one of those instant classics, while also looking like it will have the following and the legs to also be a hit at the box office where many movies like it before have had much critical and audience acclaim without the box office return they deserved (looking at you Spectacular Now (I really love that movie btw, and yes I went double brackets)). This is a movie that everyone old enough to grasp the weight of some of the issues should most definitely see. It is truly a heartfelt emotional roller coaster that goes higher than most, so you don’t mind too much the tears streaming down your face in the end.
Review Score : 8.5 out of 10