Within the narrow confines of the romantic weepy genre, this film does a good job in getting you to root for the young lovers and put you through the emotional wringer when the Grim Reaper reaches out.
Hazel (Shailene Woodley) is depressed from battling thyroid cancer. But when the 17-year-old meets the sunny Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) 18, at a support group, things start looking up. Gus' osteosarcoma is in remission but he had to have his leg amputated.
Based on the best-selling 2012 novel of the same name by John Green, there is also humour to lighten the gloom. Director Josh Boone, who wrote and directed Stuck In Love (2012), handles the material with a light and assured touch.
The connection between Hazel and Gus feels genuine and deeper as they have to contemplate death and their place in the world along with more mundane concerns.
This article was first published on June 20, 2014.
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