HOW I LIVE NOW Trailer: A Strange Look At An Uncertain Film

Saoirse Ronan gets caught up in World War III.

What the hell is going on with this trailer? At first it looks like a sappy coming of age thing, but then a bunch of WWIII shit hits the fan, and everything suddenly gets surprisingly interesting. After that, however, the trailer breaks out a goofy Amanda Palmer song, and the film's potential tone becomes nearly impossible to identify.

Directed by The Last King of Scotland's Kevin MacDonald (as opposed to Kevin McDonald from The Kids in the Hall, or "Kevin Eats McDonalds" from a very special episode of The Wonder Years), How I Live Now looks like it could go both ways. The WWIII imagery has a lot of gravitas going for it, but there are some red flags as well.

Investigation of the book How I Live Now adapts just confuses me more. On one hand, it's a novel for young adults, which doesn't have to be a bad thing but usually is. The book forgoes typical punctuation and grammar though, so it could be a more interesting young adult novel than normal. On the other hand, there might be a little incest involved? This film is already tearing me apart!