On Saturday I went to see an advanced screening of Paper Towns. It was a film I’d been wanting to see for a while, and I was so happy when I found out that I could watch it over TWO weeks before general release!
For anyone who doesn’t know, Paper Towns is based on John Green’s bestselling novel of the same name. It follows Quentin (also known as ‘Q’), a senior who goes on a road trip to find the whereabouts of Margo, the girl who lives next door. Quentin is joined by his best mates Ben and Radar, as well as Lacey (Margo’s friend) and Angela (Radar’s girlfriend). The five high-schoolers travel from Orlando to a town near New York, with the aid of clues left by Margo. The town is fictional, hence the title of the film.
While I was quite sceptical about the casting of Cara Delivingne as Margo, she actually did a good job at portraying Quentin’s mysterious neighbour. I also thought that Nat Wolff was a great choice for shy Quentin. Austin Abrams (Ben) and Justin Smith (Radar) were good as supporting characters. Ben added an element of humour to the film.
Overall, Paper Towns was an enjoyable coming-of-age film. There were, of course, some changes from the book, but that didn’t seem to matter too much. It’s undeniable that Paper Towns will be compared to The Fault in Our Stars, the first novel by John Green that was adapted into a film. However, they are two completely different films (and books). The Fault in Our Stars is more of a tear-jerker, while Paper Towns is a journey of self-exploration. Despite seeming like a typical high school film at times, and deviating from the book in parts, Paper Towns is worth watching. It’s funny, different and entertaining.
Have you watched Paper Towns yet? Did you enjoy it?