Why I’m pumped: It seems wrong to be pumped for a movie about cancer patients. And it seems unwise to be pumped about a movie based on a young-adult book, since the studios are clearly trying way too hard to use that genre to capitalize on the success of Twilight and The Hunger Games. No matter. I’ve read this book, and it’s pretty incredible: moving, but not cloying, clever, but not pretentious. Any movie adaptation would have me worried that those delicate balances that author John Green maintained would fall apart onscreen. This trailer indicates otherwise.
Why I’m worried: Any book adaptation is going to have struggle with the book’s fans’ expectations. And honestly, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort don’t look exactly as I imagined the cancer-ridden lovebirds, Hazel and Augustus. They’re both rising stars, but Woodley doesn’t look as ill as Green paints Hazel in the book, and Elgort doesn’t look as awkward as Green- no, actually, I just rewatched the trailer. They’re both perfect. This movie is going to be amazing.
Sub-plot: No mention of the author sub-plot? Are they keeping it? In the book, Hazel’s favorite book deals with death and loss in ways that crucially inform how she and Augustus fall in love. I won’t spoil the details, but the author of that book becomes involved, and it’s kind of important to the plot. But you don’t see any of that in the trailer. So either this is an awesome trailer that has managed to avoid giving away too much, or they got rid of one of the best parts of the book. Here’s to hoping.