The Fault in Our Stars ★★★½

The Fault in Our Stars was a solid film. It was pretty much what you'd expect from a young adult rom-dram.

The acting was definitely well-done, and the characters were very likable and expressed very individually and convincingly. However, the story, in my opinion, was a bit predictable, and the end left me wanting more.

This is not to say that the movie ended poorly, or that it did not wrap things up, but, rather I felt like I knew what was going to happen one step ahead at any given moment in the film.

One of the things I loved most about the movie were the metaphorical and philosophical references. This got me excited, because I thought at some point, the film was going to surprise me by parading one of the referenced metaphors or philosophies right in my face with an event I was not expecting to occur-some grand realization that I had somehow missed up until that point or at the the end of the movie.

Alas it did not. While there were some great intense, sweet, and hilarious moments, the characters in the story completed their arc in a tidy fashion. The audience is left with a sense of serenity and hope. There were a couple of minor "ah-ha" moments that piqued my attention, but none like the one I desired. The longing sense of the void I felt was not filled, and that is what keeps me from giving this movie a higher rating.