Movie review: "Paper Towns"

Release date: July 24th, 2015 (July 30th, 2015 in the Netherlands)
Language: English
Director: Jake Schreier
Based on: The novel written by the lovely John Green
Stars: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevigne, Austin Abrahams (and a very special guest!!)
IMDB rating: 7,1
Rating:  4 Stars (4 / 5)

To be completely honest while writing this post, I have to admit that I was excited for the movie but I didn’t really have high expectations for the movie. I’ve read the book like a year ago now and I didn’t really like it as much as other John Green books. But wow that movie though, I’m very impressed!

Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears – leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship – and true love. IMDB

So since the movie isn’t out that long I won’t try to spoil things for you guys. However I have to spoil one thing that happened in the movie because the feedback in the cinema while watching was absolutely hilarious. If you’ve read the book then you know that during the roadtrip they go to a gas station shop to have a toilet break and buy some groceries. What I didn’t know was that the cashier at the moment was played by the lovely handsome Ansel Elgort! When you’re at the cinema with 135 other people (yess guys 135 visitors at our lovely Paper Towns event) who clearly are either a fan of the book or just a fan of John Green and TFIOS, you can probably think of the reaction.

Anyway back to reviewing the movie because I really liked the movie! I think it is fair to say that I find the movie so much better than TFIOS. I mean the TFIOS storyline has a special place in my heart, and I still can’t watch the movie without desperately sobbing at the end. But oh my god, the cinematographics of Paper Towns were so much better. It really gave the movie and mysterious vibe, which was absolutely perfect for the movie. Looking at the plot, I really loved that they changed a few things from the books. I’m not really getting any deeper into explaining the storyline because I think it’s better if you just read the book or watch the movie!

And last but not least, can we talk about that casting though. Perfect casting!!! Off course we know Nat Wolff already from TFIOS but he was the perfect Q and it was exactly how I imagined it. Also Radar and Ben were very good cast, even though they are unknown actors to me. The three of them were the perfect nerdy bunch, and oh I do love some nerdy guys being absolutely nerdy together. Also I have to admit that Cara Delevigne did a very good job playing Margo Roth Spiegelman, which is weird because I never pictured her as an actress.

All in all I thought that it was a pretty good movie, even better than I thought it would be. I think it’s really going to be a big hit and I think that everyone should go and see it in the cinema, whether you’ve read it or not!!

In a nutshell:
Loved it: Absolutely!
Re-watch: Yeah I think I might see it again in the cinema with my friends.
Cinema worthy: Yes!

Michelle Versluis

Michelle is reviewer at the website, specialized in films. She studies Theatre-, Film- and TV-studies at Utrecht University and prefers to fangirl over Marvel look-a-likes during college/classes. Name a series or a film and she's seen it.

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