The Fault in Our Stars
First screened in December 2014
Director: Josh Boone. Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe, Lotte Verbeek, Milica Govich, David Whalen, Mike Birbiglia, Ana Dela Cruz, Randy Kovitz, Jean Brassard, Lily Kenna. Screenplay: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (based on the novel by John Green). Twitter Capsule:
Navigates tricky material with nimble mood shifts. Woodley, Elgort give lovely performances. More than okay.
Both leads look primed for healthy careers. Film manages to sidestep sick-kid clichés without overcompensating in other directions. Few innovations, low risk, but I'd confidently recommend it.