Cinema has been trying to convince audiences that Shailene Woodley is the next big thing, and if Divergent didn’t put her over the top, perhaps The Fault in Our Stars will. Based on the best selling novel of the same name, the film shows Woodley’s character trying to find life and love while also battling cancer.
Her character meets a magical guy (Ansel Englort) who can see past the cancer, and into her heart (though not in a Superman kind of way), which would make him a manic pixie dream guy if he had no interest in having sex. Carnality, attraction on a base level tends to negate loftier notions. But that said, this guy does seem like a dream, as he wants to know the real her. How the film threads that needle of his feelings could be its making or breaking.
Though the young adult romance film has long been a staple of cinema, that’s partly because of 1970′s Love Story, which told the story of two young people who fall in love, and then one of them dies. Which — whether intentional or by osmosis — seems the inspiration for this film, which matches tragedy with love. Then again, suggesting that doomed love stories are often box office gold should be self evident when Titanic is one of the biggest films of all time. The Fault in Our Stars opens June 6.
What’s your favorite doomed romance?