Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Richard of Kirkham A Movie A Day and it is Swashbuckler Films
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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Richard!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
Number of Times Seen – 4 (19 Jun 2014, 1 Dec 2014 and 24 Jun 2015 and 30 Jul 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Two teenagers suffering from cancer meet and fall in love despite the odds against them surviving.
My Take on it – This was the first film that I chose to watch and review for this month’s GG because it is one of my favorite book adaptations to the screen.
This film manages to take a very unconventional premise and make it work on so many levels.
The choice to cast relative unknowns Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as the leads was a great choice because they have such amazing onscreen chemistry that they are able to make us believe everything that happens since that connection between them stays constant throughout the entire film.
The characters are developed extremely well and it’s so easy to become attached to them right from the beginning because they feel so real the entire time.
These characters are sent on such a deep journey through the course of the film and it allows us to get a glimspe of what people suffering from this terrible disease (and their families) must be going through.
From a personal perspective, it was great watching this film again because of the fact that my wife and I have been dealing with her cancer for almost the past year and this film gets so much of it right even if it doesn’t manage to reach the 100% mark.
The way that the characters act and feel are quite familiar to us and recognizing this made this viewing even more poignant for me because I can appreciate these kind of situations much better than before I was acquainted with this terrible disease.
Bottom Line – Amazing film that despite its very unconventional premise works so well on numerous levels. Woodley and Elgort are both superb here and they have amazing chemistry together that reverberates through the entire film. The characters are developed really well and we can feel so attached to these seemingly real characters from the start. The journey that these characters take over the course of the film works really well to try and give us a glimpse into what sufferers of this terrible disease and their families must go through. From a personal perspective, I can see how they got so much of it right even if not 100%. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Shailene Woodley wrote impassioned letters to author John Green and director Josh Boone. “If I’m passionate about something, I’ll do everything I can to try to be a part of it,” Woodley asserts. Although Green didn’t initially picture Woodley for the part, he “was blown away” when she read for him. “We were all crying. It was actually sort of bad,” he laughs. “But it was hers from that moment on.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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