The latest John Green bestseller to be transformed into a film, Paper Towns, was definitely worth the time to see.
The film centers on a guy named Quentin (Nat Wolff) who falls for the girl across the street, Margo (Cara Delevingne). The beginning of the film shows a younger Quentin outside shooting hoops as Margo and her family move in across the street. Quentin falls for Margo at first sight and, later on, the two become friends – or “partners in crime” as Margo says. As the years go by, however, Quentin and Margo grow apart and reach the point of no communication once in high school, each with his and her own set of friends.
Out of the blue, Margo sneaks over to Quentin’s house in the middle of the night and enlists him to help her with something. The day after Quentin and Margo’s escapade, the mysterious girl Quentin has been madly in love with becomes a mystery herself, disappearing and only leaving Quentin with a few obscure clues as to her whereabouts. Quentin asks his best buds, Ben and Radar (Austin Abrams and Justice Smith), to help him find Margo and, perhaps, true love.
I really enjoyed Paper Towns. The story kept me entertained. The acting was superb – side note: Austin Abrams stole the show as Ben. There was also a natural chemistry between the actors in the film. Elaborating a bit on my thoughts about the story, it left me satisfied, yet, not satisfied all at the same time. This is a trend with Green’s novels and films after seeing The Fault in Our Stars and, now, Paper Towns. I also thought it was funny how another TFIOS star was inserted – albeit in small capacity – in Paper Towns (if you want to find out who go see the film)! Like most Hollywood adaptation films, there were some differences between the novel and its on-screen companion. Other than that, I really didn’t have any qualms. I may have to go see Paper Towns for a second time which, as you know, I don’t do that often for a film unless I really like it.
I Give It An: A
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FUN FACT: While doing research for this review, I found out that Austin Abrams was in one of my all time favorite films, The Kings of Summer!