Paper Towns (2015) – Film Review

Paper Towns

Starring Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Austin Abrams, and Justice Smith

Directed by Jake Schreier, based on the novel by John Green

IMDB Rating: 7

Review written by Rachel Geiger

See what we were saying about Paper Towns back in March here!

Paper Towns is a fun comedy-mystery type movie. It’s based on the book of the same title by John Green, which I personally read and enjoyed. The film adaptation wasn’t terrible, I think they did the best they could do with keeping the book close but also adding original material as well.

Q (Nat Wolf) is a senior in high school who lives next to the popular Margo (Cara Delevingne) but hasn’t really talked to her since the adventures they had as kids. One night, Margo appears and she recruits Q to go on an ultimate mission with her. After that night, Margo goes missing completely. She fails to show up to school or her house. Margo leaves clues about everywhere she goes, and Q and his friends try to figure out where she is.

The story itself is pretty good since it comes right from the book. What I like most about book to film adaptations is how it really brings the story to life. Paper Towns has a lot of action and adventure, which translates well when it goes to the big screen. I think it was well written and had some hysterical lines.

Nat Wolff was sort of an odd choice for Q, in my opinion. When I read the book, I pictured the character as a high school boy who is actually very awkward. Nat Wolff is far from being awkward, he’s also much more attractive than the majority of high school boys. His acting was okay, I just didn’t find him to play the part in a realistic way. I also didn’t believe that Cara Delevingne was a high school student. Despite this, I did believe that Q’s two best friends Radar and Ben (Justice Smith and Austin Abrams) were high school students. They were both reasonably awkward and they were the comic relief of the movie for sure. This was Cara’s first starring role, and I think she did a good job. However, she really wasn’t in the movie as much as you’d think. She only gets about two or three scenes, all of which are pretty important and long, but still.

The directing from Jake Schreier was pretty decent. I think he accurately captured a lot of the action in the film well. Particularly the scene where Margo and Q go on the huge adventure. This is his first major directing role, he’s directed smaller films but Paper Towns had a reasonably huge release.

Paper Towns is a fascinating and surprising film. If you’ve never read the book, you will likely be surprised by the mystery aspect of the film. It’s not exactly a predictable and feel good film, but it still is ideal to watch during the summer. What makes it a big deal for the summer? It has action, adventure, and romance filled within the film. Teens will probably most enjoy it, but I’d say there’s something for everyone. Paper Towns is a decent film that is sure to make you laugh and possibly cry.

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