Fully expecting my tear ducts to be cynically manipulated, instead I found a sensitive, tender, strongly-acted depiction of two young people falling in love. The chemistry between the two leads is something casting directors dream of, and despite the devastating story, it's rarely hysterical or mawkish.
I feel like some kind of apostate for hating this movie so much when I think of how much I love so many '80s teen movies, but just...God. I wanted to take my own face off so many times watching this. Drunk douchebag Willem Dafoe is the only redeeming feature. Augustus Waters is maybe literally the worst character in fiction. Top 10, without question.
I'm a big fan of John Green and have been since 2009. When the powers that be announced that TFiOS was getting a film adaptation, I was skeptical. I knew it was going to become this teenage phenomenon, more than the book already was. Let's face it. If this wasn't marketed for the YA demographic, it would be much more successful and taken seriously. It was heartbreaking, as it should be.