I honestly can’t remember the last movie that made me cry. It’s been years, really. Well, I’m sure I won’t forget this one!
I mean, how much sadder can you get than a film about young people dying of cancer? Now, here’s the thing: that isn’t the thing that got me. What’s most moving about this adaptation of the 2012 John Green novel is that these young people are so full of life and love. That’s what you come out of the theatre with, not death.
And for that, in addition to the wonderfully sensitive and thoughtful screenplay by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (who previously wrote “(500) Days of Summer” and “The Spectacular Now” – man, I love those guys!) and the solid direction by Josh Boone, it’s the incredibly heartfelt and charismatic lead performances by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort that you have to be thankful for.
The chemistry between them is to die for (no pun intended) and you really fall in love along with them. Which makes it all the more heartbreaking to know that they only have a limited amount of time they can enjoy… But enjoy it, they do, and so do we.
This is easily the best movie I’ve seen so far this year.