Indulge me in the following timeline: screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber rose to prominence with the screenplay to the 2009 film (500) Days of Summer. Soon after, Shailene Woodley delivered her first major critically-adorned performance in Alexander Payne’s 20011 film, The Descendants. That performance was followed by a key role in 2013’s The Spectacular Now - a film penned by Neustadter and Weber. Backtrack a bit to find cinematographer Ben Richardson lensing the Best Picture-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild - it’s difficult to imagine that picture’s success without the potent imagery that Richardson captures. All of the aforementioned artists have contributed to an exceptional piece of cinema since 2009 and all play a critical role in Josh Boone’s The Fault in Our Stars.
So why is it despite the latent generational shift that’s promoted in the film, The Fault in Our Stars feels so woefully amateur? What should have been a significant statement from a crew of young artists feels so disappointingly restrained and unconvincing.Read More