Do you want to watch a tearjerker this weekend? The Fault in Our Stars is a love story about two teenagers with cancer and you know it’s not going to end well but still you are along for the ride. Shailene Woodley gives a great performance as Hazel Grace Lancaster who is only sixteen and has had cancer for three years. She meets a young man at a cancer support group and the love story begins.
The reviews for The Fault in Our Stars are both really good and really bad as you can see below but the film was just released out on Netflix and Redbox and you can now watch it on your computer.
Although “The Fault in Our Stars” takes a few genuinely startling turns — including a breathtakingly cruel encounter with a grouchy supporting character played by Willem Dafoe — the film doesn’t veer too widely from the parameters of tragic melodrama, a formula that Boone handles with sensitivity and restrained good taste. What’s more, it offers its core young audience the bracing, even exhilarating suggestion that love isn’t just about finding someone worth dying for, but someone who makes life worth living. For that alone, “The Fault in Our Stars” achieves that rare feat of eliciting as many cheers as tears.
Though it is a tragic love story, it is also a perfect and irresistible fantasy. Hazel and Gus possess an absolute moral authority, an ability to assert the truth of their experience that few can share and many might covet. They know the meaning of their own lives, and try as it might, the movie can’t help but give cancer credit for this state of perfection. There is something disturbing about that, and also, therefore, about the source of some of the tears the movie calls forth.
After having the privilege of witnessing Shailene Woodley’s transcendent, pure and authentic performance in “The Fault in Our Stars,” I believe there are now only four slots available in the category of Best Performance by An Actress in a Lead role. She’s that memorable.