The trailer for the adaptation of John Green's novel, The Fault in Our Stars came out recently and has teenagers and adults alike tearing up and ready for the film.
Here it is if you haven't seen it yet:
Whenever a book to movie adaptation comes out for a book I really like, I'm always a little bit apprehensive (mostly because I don't want the movie to completely ruin how I view the characters and the story). I am a huge fan of John Green; I've read all of the books he's published (to my knowledge) and just enjoy the wit and humor in his writing. With that being said, if you have not read The Fault in Our Stars, you should do so immediately.
In the next episode of our podcast (which we will be releasing on Sunday), we discuss successful book to movie adaptations. Since I love The Fault in Our Stars so much, I thought it would be cool to write down some thoughts on the trailer. I would also like to say that I have high expectations for the movie simply because I hold the novel in such high regard. Above all else, I'm hoping the movie does the characters and the plot of the book justice. Anyway, here are my thoughts on the trailer:
0:03: I dig the opening shot of stars – goes along well with the namesake of the film/book.
0:05: This isn't exactly what I pictured Hazel Grace to look like when I read the book, but I'm not disappointed with the fact that Shailene Woodley is playing the part.
0:30: Ansel Elgort is a good Augustus.
0:46 – 0:54: Love that transaction between Hazel and Augustus. Augustus speaks in such a blunt way and the way Woodley reacts is wonderful.
0:54: This Radical Face song is the same one used in the trailer for The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
1:00: The quick cuts work for this trailer, but at this point I could do without so many.
1:12 – 1:24: It's awesome how both characters are so blunt with each other. The transaction between the characters here is a good representation of how they are in general. In the novel, I love how Augustus always talks with such immediacy; like at any moment either of them could cease to exist.
1:34: "I know that love is just a shout into the void." Probably my favorite line from the entire book, I'm glad it's in the trailer. The idea of a "shout into the void," also reminds me of the "infinite abyss" scene from Zach Braff's Garden State.
2:07: "It's a good life, Hazel." I like how Augustus says this here and then Hazel responds in an entirely different shot.
Overall, I think the trailer is well done and it does certainly get me excited for the movie. Aside from a few too many quick cuts, I think it was put together well. As The Wire pointed out, it does share a lot of similarities with the trailer for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but I'm fine with that. I'm looking forward to the movie.