“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person”
Quentin Jacobsen – Paper Towns
John Green is known for writing touching and sometimes heart breaking stories, such as The Fault In Our Stars, however Paper Towns is relatively light-hearted and humorous. The story itself is relatable as the characters are going through their last year of High School, and they realise they will have to leave the friends they have grown up with.
Paper Towns (2015), directed by Jack Schreier (Robot & Frank, Christopher Ford Sees a Film) is adapted from the bestselling novel by the author John Green, it is a coming of age story based around Nat Wolff’s character, Quentin and his rule breaking friend Margo played by Cara Delevinge. It’s hard to talk about the plot without giving too much away, but the two soon part ways after personality traits come in between them. They grow up apart, Margo becoming a ‘mystery’ of sorts, while Quentin feels left behind still hiding his love for her. That all changes however when Margo takes him on an all-night adventure, showing him what fun really feels like, only to disappear the next day, leaving behind clues that only Quentin could decipher. Quentin, believing that Margo done this to be found, goes on a search with his friends, Ben (Austin Abrams) Radar (Justice Smith) along with Margo’s best friend Lacey (Halston Sage) and Radar’s girlfriend Angela (Jaz Sinclair).
Paper Towns isn’t just another teen movie, it’s one that focuses on the themes of growing up and self-discovery. The director, Jack Schreier, is able to genuinely represent the fears that every teenager has as they become closer to entering the adult world. The cast is relatively strong, however for Cara Delevinge’s first role in a feature film, she never seemed to get a true chance to show what her acting ability could truly be. Overall the film was enjoyable, the cast was strong and the story itself was great. Audience members will either feel a sense of foreboding if leaving school, or a surge of memories of having already left, either way this film is great for all audiences.
Rating – 75%
Director – Jack Schreier
Cast – Nat Wolff, Cara Delevinge, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith and Halston Sage
Genre – Drama, Mystery, Romance
Running Time – 109 minutes