Plot: After an all-night adventure, Quentin’s lifelong crush, Margo, disappears, leaving behind clues that Quentin and his friends follow on the journey of a lifetime – Paper Towns.
Director – Jake Schreier
Released: August 2015
For some time now, teen-fiction can be split into two categories, science fiction trilogies or young adult coming of age romances, Jake Schreier adaptation of of Green’s novel is definitely one of the latter, a story about a teen and his crush and her mysterious disappearance.
One of the main things the film did right was the choice to put Nat Wolff in the central role, he excels at bringing an awkward charm to the character the film is centred around, his acting also managed to make some terrible lines slightly more bearable to get through.
Although relegated to comic relief at times, Austin Abrams and Justice Smith also managed to do their best with that they were given, sadly not managing to elevate their scenes to more than just filler, while the conflict between the group feels forced. Taking time away from the character of Lacey (Sage), who I felt was far more interesting and could have done with further development.
The biggest flaw I found with the film was Margo (Delevingne). The character is set up as this mystical force of nature that breezes in and out of the lives of the other characters and the movie as a whole, but sadly for me, it meant you never connected with the character or really cared about her in the way the movie would like you too.
Don’t get me wrong there are aspects of the film that I found fun, The performances were good, the directing, and cinematography are both great, it’s a pretty film, though it’s becoming easier and easier to make a pretty film, sadly these elements didn’t manage to make this film more than a predictable young adult book adaptation.