Entertainment Hive 2017

Paper Towns

Review by Honey B

Director: Jake Schreier Cast: Cara Delevingne, Nat Wolff, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Jaz Sinclair, Halston Sage Plot: Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green ("The Fault in Our Stars"), Paper Towns is a coming-of-age story featuring Quentin (Nat Wolff) and his enigmatic neighbour Margo (Cara Delevingne), 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 (Q) to decipher. The search leads Q 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. Verdict: Paper Towns isn't your average angst-ridden teen coming-of-age flick. It has plenty of little quirks, a touch of mystery and an element of realness that can be sorely missed from much teen fare. This movie, based on the John Green novel, is sure to become a classic as many of the John Hughes films were for my generation in the '80s. While there is a sense of the familiar in the teen groups and the social structure that surrounds these, this film has a wonderful poignancy to it and there is an easy chemistry within the young cast. British model/actress Cara Delevingne plays Margot, a beautiful mystery and the queen of the high school in-crowd. Her family is rich and she largely gets to run around and she does as she pleases. Margot is a puzzle and that's the way she likes it, but as a largely MIA lead character it's hard to empathise with her or know her or what drives her on any level. Delevingne is a confident Margot who drives the first part of this story forward, but when she is gone the puff goes out of the film for a little while. Quentin or Q (Nat Wolff) was friends with a younger Margot, but he took the safe path while his young friend didn't. When Margot climbs through his window one night to exact some revenge, a spark is put back into Q's life. Wolff is a singularly obsessed teen. He's a smart kid, a geek, so he's the perfect choice to follow the bread crumbs left by Margot to find her. Along for a bit of adventure are Q's friends Ben (Austin Abrams) and Radar (Justice Smith) as well as Radar's girlfriend Angela (Jaz Sinclair) and Margot's friend Lacey (Halston Sage). The scenes between Q and he's mates feel distinctly indie as they coolly pay each other out and vibe off of each other. The film really picks up pace again when the friends go on a road trip to find Margot - but they must be back in time for the prom, so there's a real sense of urgency. There are also few adults in this film which sets it apart. This film has a great feel and energy, especially when it's really cracking along, and it's sure to be a huge hit with teens everywhere.
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