January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #35 of the 48.
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Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this in the theater when it came out after seeing the trailer a few months earlier and being quite interested in seeing what it was all about.
“Apparently the world is not a wish-granting factory.” – Augustus Waters
Number of Times Seen – 5 (19 Jun 2014, 1 Dec 2014 and 24 Jun 2015, 30 Jul 2018 and 21 Jan 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A teenager with cancer tries to live her life to the fullest especially after falling for another teen who is in remission.
My Take on it – Amazingly poignant film that works on so many levels. The cast is great and both Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are superbly cast in these roles. The two of them have great chemistry throughout which helps make the story even more believable and engaging to watch unfold. They do an amazing job developing the personalities of these characters and the narration by Woodley’s character enhances things so much because it helps make it all feel as if it is based on truth. Since originally seeing this film, I am much more familiar with the life of someone with cancer and that makes things even more profound to watch because I can relate much better to the things that these characters are dealing with. The film finds a way to not make things feel depressing, yet still stays quite realistic in its depiction of things. The supporting cast is also great with Willem Dafoe and Laura Dern standing out among the rest. The story is able to get so much right about what cancer patients and their caregivers must go through on a daily basis. The book that this film is based on is also great and they do a very fine job adapting it for the screen and making things stay poignant and powerful throughout. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A replica of the interiors of the Anne Frank house had to be built as the movie was denied permission to film inside the actual house. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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