So I’m watching the trailer as I’m embedding it, smiling through the tears running down my face….. just like they did in the cinema… and mentally making time so I can see this one again.
Is there a point to a review now?
Okay sure…… oh and I havent read the book. I want to read it now but try finding it anywhere….seriously.
Hazel (Woodley) is a teenage girl with terminal cancer. It is currently being kept at bay with some serious medication but nobody knows how long it will keep working. As she so matter of factly explains to new beau Gus (Elgort), she is a grenade and one day she will blow up. Gus also has cancer but is in remission. He falls in love almost immediately with Hazel and wears his heart on his sleeve. Her reluctance to allow herself to fall in love with him matters little to Gus. He is in love and doesn’t care who knows it.
Right from the start, you know this is not your average teen dying of cancer tear jerker. Miss Hazel Grace says so. She’s not going to sugar coat things and she hints that everything can not always be made better. This attitude, shared by both Hazel and Gus but expressed in differing ways is what makes this movie an absolute joy.
Gus is in remission and lives every day as fully and as openly as he can. Having stared death down at such a young age, his zest and passion for life is amazing. I suspect young Gus could teach us all a thing or two about love.
Hazel knows she is on borrowed time and just gets on with life. She closes herself down from everyone as she desperately tries to lessen the impact of her impending death. She is keenly aware that she is an only child and grieves as much for her mother Frannie (Dern) as her mother does for her. This all important and rock solid mother/daughter relationship is the soul of this movie.
Gus and Hazel’s love is the movie’s heart ….. Frannie and Hazel’s love is it’s soul.
Of course this will make you cry, its a love story about two teenagers with cancer. If you don’t shed at least a single tear, you may not actually have a human heart. The movie never ventures into cheesy territory. It stays true to itself and the two young leads carry the entire production with talent, guts and love. They connect as actors on a very deep level and this enhances each scene they share.
So yes, this movie IS everything you hope it will be. It IS everything you’ve heard it is. It IS just that good.
Go and see it tomorrow or you will regret it.
Love Flick xx
Director : Josh Boone
Starring : Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe, Lotte Verbeek, Ana Dela Cruz, David Whalen, Milica Govich
Running Time : 125 minutes
Release Date : 5 June 2014