First off, I haven’t read the book (Cringe) and I know that will make my review completely different but there it is.
I have a very strong feeling that had I read the book first, my review wouldn’t be so positive. I guess I will have to read it to find out but I’m sure you guys will let me know.
Paper Towns (Release Date: July 24, 2015)
After an all night adventure, Quentin’s life-long crush, Margo, disappears, leaving behind clues that Quentin and his friends follow on the journey of a lifetime. Based on the novel by author, John Green.
Director: Jake Schreier
Rating/ Runtime: PG-13, 1 hr 49
Ah, the old “girl moves in next door and boy falls in love” trope. A classic to be sure, but done to death. Then it moved on to the “last hoorah before graduation” trope and I was becoming a little skeptical that this film wouldn’t be more than the usual cookie-cutter highschool movies. But, I kept reminding myself of how much I loved Fault in Our Stars (movie and film) and I waited for the turnaround that would make this a John Green adaptation.
And it did! This movie isn’t so much about the boy getting the girl and you will have to watch it to find out why (no spoilers). It turned out to be a thoughtful movie capable of evoking all kinds of nostalgia and feels.
Nat Wolff is great. He isn’t a secret hot guy hiding behind nerd glasses. He’s just a guy and I really liked that. His motley crew of friends were endearing and I liked that the movie ends in a completely (sort of) unexpected way.
As a whole, it’s a solid effort but as I said, I think the book is probably a million times better because even though I enjoyed it, I felt like it was barely scratching the surface most of the time.
Let me know what you think.