The film adaptation of John Green’s best-selling, heart-breaking novel “The Fault in Our Stars” is about to open, and “TFiOS” fanatics are ready to cry -- or, if their favorite scenes aren't included, to scream. Green was on set for much of the filming, so it's likely the movie will honor the star-crossed, cancer-plagued love story of Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort). But we're not taking any chances. Here are the top five scenes from “TFiOS” that we hope the film does justice to:
The Amsterdam Date
One of the key scenes from the “TFIOS” trailer is also one of the most crucial to Gus and Hazel’s short-lived romance: The date scene. “I am in love with you, Hazel Grace. And I know that love is just a shout into the void and that oblivion is inevitable and I am in love with you,” Gus says. While the couple’s overseas adventure is seen only in snippets in the film trailer, let’s hope their date will be just as powerful on screen as it is in print.
Anne Frank House
After a disappointing meet-and-greet with her favorite author Peter Van Houten, Hazel and Gus visit the Anne Frank house. Despite lugging an air tank and her difficulty breathing (because of thyroid cancer), Hazel manages to climb the museum's steep staircases, leading to the couple's first kiss. While the PDA is shown in the trailer, there is no indication if the romantic sequence, which ends with a round of applause from fellow museum guests in the book, will play out in a similar fashion on screen.
If “The Fault in Our Stars” B-roll footage is any indication, the trophy scene will be one of the film’s most satisfying. Actor Natt Wolf, playing Gus' friend Isaac (who is losing his sight to cancer and has been dumped by his girlfriend) brings charm and humor to the role. “I just want to kick something,” Isaac says before lashing out at Gus’ flat screen. “I’ve been waiting to tell my dad I kinda hate basketball anyway. I think maybe we’ve found our way,” Gus says, handing Isaac one of his trophies to break instead.
In another comic moment, Gus helps Isaac take revenge on his ex-girlfriend by egging her car. “Your daughter, she’s done a great injustice so we’ve come here seeking revenge,” Gus tells the girl's mother after the trio is caught (in a clip released via the “TFIOS” live stream event in May). “You see, we may not look like much but between the three of us we have five legs, four eyes and two and a half working pairs of lungs but we also have two dozen eggs so if I were you, I would go back inside.”
Gus asks Hazel to write a eulogy while he's still alive so that he can attend his own funeral. (Okay, we're crying even as we type this.) The trailer showcases a bit of her speech. “You gave me a forever within the numbered days and I can’t tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity,” Hazel says. How will the scene be staged? And what about the, uh, second version of the funeral? Not that it really matters; we'll be crying too hard to notice.