10 years after its source material was released, John Green’s coming-of-age novel Paper Towns has been adapted for the big screen with model-turned-actress, Cara Delevingne debuting at the helm as the Margo, who ‘loved mysteries so much, so became one’.
After surprising old friend Quentin (Nat Wolff) with a night of mischief to get revenge on her cheating boyfriend, Margo disappears leaving behind a few hidden messages about where she may be. Quentin, lovingly known by his friends as Q, enlists the help of his best friends Ben (Austin Abrams), Radar (Justice Smith) and Margo’s best friend Lacey (Halston Sage) to piece together Margo’s puzzle and find her.
Their adventure is full of comedy, with hilarious moments from catfish pranks to the mystery of why Radar won’t introduce his girlfriend to his parents. But it’s also equally life affirming, less tear jerking than John Green’s last adaptation The Fault in Our Stars, but it will warm and break your heart just as much; the well adapted script from John Green’s always wonderfully written words aids the emotion tugging at your heart strings whenever and wherever possible.
All eyes are on Cara Delevingne with this film and her acting seems slightly limp at the start of the film, but she seems to become more at one with her character throughout the film and she becomes a lot more believable. Whether this was because the film was shot chronologically or not I do not know, but she eventually fills the ‘leading lady’ shoes and proves she’s got pretty good acting chops on her and she’s more than a pretty face and a good pair of eyebrows.
The film also seems to falter a little with its pacing, seeming to take too long with the discovery of Margo’s destination. Although, it could be said this gives the reveal more suspense and makes the audience able to empathise with the characters with more effect because they’re experiencing the same frustration and anticipation that they are.
Overall, Paper Towns is probably suited more to a young adult audience rather than an adult one, but it is a wonderful take on a coming-of-age story.
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