We knew it was coming, and yet we still weren't prepared. When the first trailer for The Fault in Our Stars came out on Tuesday morning, we had no tissues or shoulder to cry on, and as fans of John Green's tragic book know, that's a recipe for disaster. This doomed romance, or "one sick love story," as the movie's poster proclaimed, is tear-inducing, heartbreaking, and yet, judging from the trailer, completely unmissable.
The long-awaited trailer was the first real look into how the TFIOS filmmakers have handled the adaptation of Green's bestselling novel, besides the handful of photos and videos released by Green himself of the production and a quick teaser trailer released on Monday. Thankfully, it looks like the wait was worth it; the trailer is everything fans hoped for, and so, so much more.
Opening with a scene of Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) laying under the stars, the first thing TFIOS fans may notice is the lack of something pretty important: Hazel's cannula, the medical device used to deliver oxygen to the cancer-ridden teen. For a moment, this is worrisome — despite what the poster showed, did the movie decide to forgo the most obvious sign of Hazel's disability? — but just a second later, it all makes sense.
"I believe we have a choice in this world about how to tell sad stories," Hazel says in voice-over, as images of her and Gus (Ansel Elgort), seemingly healthy, play in the background. "On the one hand, you can sugarcoat it, when nothing is too messed up that can't be fixed with a Peter Gabriel song. I like that version as much as the next girl does... It's just not the truth."
The truth, for Hazel and Augustus, is that life's not fair. Kids get cancer. Parents suffer. People die. And the trailer shows all of this (well, almost all... no spoilers here!), with such beauty and poignancy that our already sky-high expectations for the film just went way up. There's Woodley, lovely and vibrant; Elgort, charismatic and sweet; Laura Dern, Nat Wolff, and Mike Birbiglia, all giving life to smaller roles. There's support group Patrick, the trip to Amsterdam, oxygen tanks and basketball jerseys; it's all there, every painful moment and joyous triumph.
"You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world," says Gus to Hazel in one scene, "but you do get a say in who hurts you." And oh, how we can't wait to get our hearts broken by The Fault in Our Stars.
The Fault in Our Stars, directed by Josh Boone, will be released June 6. If you're brave enough, check out the trailer below:
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