Two young stars shine brightly, and love conquers cancer



The first time I saw Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort together, they were playing a futuristic and quite different brother and sister in “Divergent.”

OK was my reaction. About them individually. Collectively. The movie.

Saturday I saw the two young actors star as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters in “The Fault in Our Stars.”

Amazing was my reaction. About them individually. Collectively. The movie.

What a difference a really compelling, emotional story makes.

If you’d like to read my review of “The Fault in Our Stars” on the Syracuse New Times site, click the link below.

Would you stay away from a movie because it is labeled from a book in the “young adult” genre? Would you stay away from a movie because it’s about two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group? Do you think 22 and 20, respectively, is too old to play characters that are supposed to be 18?

27 thoughts on “Two young stars shine brightly, and love conquers cancer

  1. I absolutely loved the book and cannot wait to see the film. I feel no shame in admitting that I read a book that is arguably classed as ‘Young Adult’ – it doesn’t matter the genre, if it’s a good book I’ll read it.


  2. I am actually a huge fan of Shailene Woodley, from her “Secrets of a Teen Ager” television show. I watch several of the ‘family’ shows that are usually considered only for young adults. I guess, since the actors and actresses are good in them, along with the adults who play their parents. I also like many aged movies, like the movie, “The Best Exotic Marigolds Hotel” and “Duets,” (Dustin Hoffman directed that British movie.) I go both ways, but absolutely hated, “Neighbors!” There are several disheartening scenes, where the ‘adults’ who have a baby, use very poor choices in their behaviors. I will check this out, I loved the teen movie, “The Walk to Remember,” which reminds me of this plot line. Mandy Moore is dying in that movie. Thanks for the great review, wish I were able to comment, but am only on wordpress and LinkedIn. Take care and soak in the sun the rest of today! Smiles, Robin


  3. Excellent review, Mark. I just read an interview with the author, John Green, who grew up in Orlando. He was a nerd when nerds weren’t cool, but says his experience (miserable) in Orlando helped shape him as a writer. My students, 7th graders, were eagerly awaiting this movie’s opening. I will probably avoid it – not because it’s YA Lit, but because I prefer action movies, mysteries and comedies.


  4. My daughter, her friend and I all read the book and enjoyed it very much. We caught the movie on Sat night; it was very well done, we thought, and my daughter went to see it again tonight. There are multiple themes in it, and a lot to talk about: spiritual beliefs, quality of life, what we leave behind when it’s our turn. YA books are all the rage now, even with oldsters like me! Good post, thanks Mark.


  5. I don’t think they’re too old. And I would gladly see a movie based on a young adult genre, if it was a story to my liking. I’ve been looking forward to this one. It will probably be out on DVD by the time I get through all of these action hero movies!


  6. Everyone says this is great. After being inundated w/ violence yesterday at Edge of Tomorrow, I would happily take a cancer flick. And I don’t think they’re too old; if I recall, Olivia Newton-John was 29 as Sandy, and Stockard Channing was already 30, playing a teenage Rizzo.


  7. Mark your reviews have always been spot on and I will surely catch this because of your review. I wasn’t planning to see it until I read your piece. And in answer to your questions: no, no and no.


  8. great review, mark. i really want to see this. years ago, i saw ‘love story’ over and over again, with my sisters and friends, and wept each time. i’m a heart on my sleeve type, so i have no doubt the tears will flow with this one too. a young adult label never stops me, i read, ‘the book thief,’ which was marketed as a ya book, and it is one of my all time fav books. i think the actors need the age and maturity to play these kind of roles so no worries for me with their real age. can’t wait. and i’ll bring kleenex.


    • Bring a whole box, Beth. It is a weeper, for sure. You are right about these actor’s being mature enough for these particular roles, just so. Enjoy the emotional depth.


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