By Will Ashton
Having actually read Josh Green’s book The Fault in Our Stars and knowing its full potential for humor, sadness and other emotions, I entered the upcoming film with equal doses of anticipation and reservations. Now that the first trailer is released, it has somehow both confirmed and downsized my fears.
Let’s start with the good. As expected, Shailene Woodley looks great as Hazel. She looks like she is going to capture the character with the right amount of tribulation and humor, even if this Hazel looks a little too cutesy at times compared to the bitter cynicism in the book —which made her so appealing. Also, screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber look like they are continuing their good fortunes as screenwriters, even if it appears they’re just staying fateful to the book.
But where I worry about the film is from its director, Josh Boone. It may just be the trailer, but it looks like he is having trouble balancing the comedic and dramatic tone of the book, and that he’ll overdo it in both sides to the point of melodrama. I am still excited to see this movie, but I am not completely convinced it’ll be good. Here’s hoping, though.
Check out the trailer below: