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Young Love Embraces Adversity in Teary, Triumphant Flick
“Fault in Our Stars” pairs a “just friends” teen-couple , Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) , as two cancer suffers valiantly putting on relative normal day to day emotions , knowing that oblivion will likely come sooner not later.
Hazel mocks her mom and dad’s smothering tactics which include a twelve step styled young cancer patients feel and smile group. Although the moderator spins smiley accomplishments, Hazel’s character openly mocks the upbeat “on the same journey” guitar strings, countering a “depression” diagnosis by essentially stating: “I’m depressed about dying.” (And a daily diet of realty shows, doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, and support groups!)
The young skeptic finally meets an upbeat friend who jolts her moribund complacency. Gus mocks dying by poking a cigarette between his teeth. He does not light it. He describes it as a control metaphor.
A critical “wish” derives from intellectual curiosity which solidifies “Fault’s” not quite what you expected spin on the inevitable
Stressing the value of quality time, the two young people hash out a compromise in the pitfalls of love (pain) and the consequences of aloneness (pain). Referring to the epidemic of suicide bombers, Hazel describes herself as a “grenade” and she wants to minimize the hurting hearts.
Still, “Fault” challenges the “do it all” alone movement applying its theme of what a difference friends with benefits make when dealing with adversity, particularly when neither abandon the other in a crisis.
Bring your tissues, yes; those grasping the challenge may not need them.
One question --- would hospitals bar admittance of the non-ICU lover due to not being a family member? For the story, was this a family preference or widespread circumstance? If the latter, well, it needs to change.