Nearly Fault-less emotional adaptation

Pictured: Shailene Woodley as Hazel, Nat Wolff as Isaac and Ansel Elgort as Gus. Photo/Fox UK

Pictured: Shailene Woodley as Hazel, Nat Wolff as Isaac and Ansel Elgort as Gus. Photo/Fox UK

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The Fault In Our Stars will offer a stern test to the waterproof mascara of every teenager who fell in love with John Green’s bestselling novel.

Josh Boone’s polished adaptation deftly plucks heartstrings to the point that a trickle of saltwater tears threatens to become an unstoppable torrent.

Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber navigate the tricky topic of terminal illness with wry humour and sensitivity.

Shailene Woodley plays Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old cancer patient who experiences the exquisite agony of first love just when it seems she has given up on life.

She doesn’t hit a single false emotional note as her protagonist wrestles with guilt and mortality, catalysing smoldering screen chemistry with co-star Ansel Elgort.

‘The Fault In Our Stars’ is a beautifully sketched portrait of adolescence, anchored by emotionally raw performances from the talented cast.

Laura Dern impresses as a parent braced for the anguish of burying her child, while Willem Dafoe injects spikiness into the role of Hazel’s favourite author, who doesn’t welcome fans with open arms.