★★★★☆ – John Green’s best selling book Papertowns becomes one of the most heart felt and touching movies of the summer. The film highlights how even with humanity’s flaws, and attempted miracles life is pretty something.
STARRING: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage, Jaz Sinclair, Cara Buono, Josiah Cerio, Hannah Alligood, Meg Crosbie, Griffin Freeman, Caitlin Carver, RJ Shearer, Susan Macke Miller, Tom Hillmann.
RUNNING TIME: 109min
The movie adaptation of Paper Towns, published in 2008, includes all of the best assets from John Green’s heart warming book as well as some new twists and surprises to keep the viewers constantly on the edge of their seats.
Quentin “Q” Jacobsen has admitted to being “completely and utterly” in love with his neighbour Margo Roth Speigelman ever since they were young kids. But as time has moved on, the pair became more and more different, causing them to be practically strangers when they move on to High School. However, Q holds onto his miracle of living across the street from the “most gorgeous creature” he has ever layed his eyes upon, hoping that one day Margo will love him as much as he loves her.
And one night Q’s wish is granted by Margo seeking his assistance to carry out a series of pranks in order to ensure that her ex-boyfriend knows she is not to be messed with. The night swirls into a series of dramatic events, forcing Q to experience life the way Margo wishes it to be experienced.
After a night of connecting, bonding and heart pacing, Q hopes to finally become part of Margo’s life. His optimism is shut down when he arrives at school the next day only to find that Margo didn’t return home after their night together.
Everyone Q speaks to have their own theory about where she is, none of which assure him that Margo is safe. So Q takes it upon himself to find out where she is and put an end to all of the speculation.
When he finds a clue in his house, the search for Margo begins. The puzzle she leaves, manages to confuse Q and his two best friends Ben and Radar, forcing them to travel and wider and further for answers.
The search for his miracle leads to Q’s two best weeks of high school, with mini miracles along the way forcing him to realise that sometimes even when things don’t go to plan life can be pretty something.
This film is a beautiful coming of age story, exploring the importance of friendship, it’s long lasting effects and how far people will go for the people love. As well as intriguing the audience with the character of Margo Roth Speigelman, the film also proves that everyone can be surprising if you only take the time to allow yourself to be surprised.
If you enjoyed John Green’s previous movie “The Fault In Stars” this is the perfect film for you, with the same sense of humility and heart warming effect. Once again John Green manages to find the perfect balance between hope and defeat, forcing the audience to question how they should spend their finite time on this earth.