Paper Towns stars Cara Delevingne, Nat Wolff, Halston Sage, Cara Buono, Caitlin Carver and Austin Abrams. Paper Towns is a film directed by Jake Schreier, this is his second feature film, the first being a film in 2012 called Robot & Frank. The film is based on a novel by John Green and is a teenage drama/romance film with a bit of mystery about the characters thrown in as well.
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Paper Towns Review
Paper Towns follows the story of some soon the be graduated high school teenagers. It specifically bases itself aroung Quentin (Nat Wolff) who is taken out one night by the girl he likes at school, Margot (Cara Delevingne), who shows him what real fun really is. But when Quentin wakes up the next morning and goes to school, Margot is nowhere to be seen and she doesn’t show up for days. Quentin and his friends end up finding a few clues Margot left behind and set out to find out where she went. Where did Margot go and why did she leave? You’ll have to watch the film to find out.
The characters are all somewhat interesting but they all come across as slightly silly throughout the film. There are a lot of jokes thrown in throughout Paper Towns, particularly from Quentin’s friends Ben (Austin Abrams) and Radar (Justice Smith) which aren’t really that funny to be honest. There were a few chuckles at the jokes from the audience in the screening I was in, but I wouldn’t say that it was much and I think at times people were laughing at those in the film instead of with them.
I’m not sure what it was about Nat Wolff but he’s a bit annoying and as the central character in the film, he’s just not that fun to follow around. His character just constantly pursues Margot for most of the film and after seeing how it all ends up, it’s a bit sad really. While I did not come to like the character of Margot all that much, Cara Delevingne was fun in this, but it would have been good if she had more scenes in the film, as her character disappears for the whole middle part and is really only there in the start and in the end. Being her first big feature film role, Cara Delevingne was great and I would be very interested in seeing more films with this actress in the future, which will likely happen as she’s appearing in the upcoming Suicide Squad.
Jake Schreier’s directing is okay, although the pacing does seem to be a bit slow. The film is made of three parts really, it’s the night with Margot, some school scenes, one road trip and then what happens with Margot. But it feels like it takes forever to get from the beginning to the end and Paper Towns only has a run time of 109 minutes, but when I left the screening I thought I was in there for way longer.
There’s nothing at all bad about Paper Towns, but to me it’s a film that will appeal far more to teenagers or those in their early 20’s and I can’t see it appealing to anyone older. I didn’t really mind this film at all, but don’t consider it to be spectacular in any way. It does tell an interesting story and from what I hear, fans of the the book will really enjoy this, but I’m not sure if it’s for everyone.