Dazzling Stars | James P. Farwell

July 1, 2014 6:35 PM

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Director John Ford said that good movies need three golden moments. The Fault in Our Stars, Josh Boone's splendidly well handled new film based on the book by John Green, has more than you can count in capturing the emotional vitality, humanity, and wit of the book, whose title comes from a line given to Cassius in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Anyone who has spent any time with Green, an original, brilliantly talented writer (who partners with his brother Hank, equally gifted, though in social media and technology rather than writing) recognizes the film's achievement in capturing his voice. Green was on set during filming, apparently a source of great reassurance to the cast, whose nuanced performances help bring the film alive.

The screen writers, Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, merit great credit for off translating Green's book faithfully to create a highly cinematic experience. They enter a rarified circle of writers who have done as well.

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