- How to deal with love / loss / illness / death / afterwards (not afterlife as in those who are left behind)
- aka CHIIIIIICK FLIIIIIIIICK
- Adapted from a book of the same title, with (apparently) a few changes made along the way... I haven't read it but from what I've seen they don't seem to be massive changes?
- Hazel Grace Lancester has terminal cancer and has become rather distant towards others in her life / potential friends
- Worried she is a "grenade" that will obliterate everyone around her, especially her family / Mum who have already nearly lost her once
- Reluctantly starts attending a support group because her Mum thinks it'd be a good idea
- Doesn't really get much out it
- Until she meets Gus, a recovering cancer survivor who has grand plans for his life now
- They gradually fall in love and Hazel starts to warm up to those around her too
- Twist involving
- It's a bit formulaic, but generally takes all the characters on an interesting arc
- Acting is (generally) pretty well done and helps the audience engage with the characters
- The tears... oh my fucking GOD the tears... and I don't mean from the cast... I mean looking around the cinema and having women borderline HYSTERICAL at some points in this movie
- I wanted to reach into the movie and hit Gus in the throat at times... he's got a few very obnoxious punchable scenes...
- Didn't find Laura Dern a particularly good choice as the Mum...
3.5 KFC buckets out of 5, it's a nice enough movie, especially if you want to earn brownie points being the shoulder to cry on at the end