Adapted from the young adult novel by John Green, Fox 2000's Paper Towns tells the story of the bizarre mystery that unfolds in the wake of an acute youthful trauma. After stumbling across the body of a suicide victim, two young neighbors gradually begin to drift apart. Years later, the girl appears at the boy's window in a ninja costume, and requests his help in punishing those who were cruel to her. The following day she disappears without a trace, leaving him in a state of emotional flux as he follows a bizarre trail of clues in hopes of tracking her down.~Jason Buchanan
Audio commentary with director Jake Schreier and author John Green
It's hard to review this film while avoiding a spoiler about the last act of the film, which is where it really shines. The Fault in our Stars, also based on a novel by the same author, was a good movie with a talented lead actress (Shailene Woodley), this is a much better film with a model recently turned actress who has an interesting screen presence in her limited screen time -- if she didn't the film wouldn't work because the protagonist's journey would seem even more absurd (see her also in Luc Besson's visually stunning sci-fi spectacle Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets where she has enough charisma to save DeHaan's less interesting character). The atypical approach to the story is the highlight here and the main reason for my recommendation despite Miss Delevigne's charms.
I am still not sure what genre of movie to put this one under. Was it a romantic flick, a comedy or a mystery? This movie hits on many subjects young adults face before leaving for college. Overall, it's a fun movie, but is a little surprising how it ends. If it's on sale and you want a decent movie, I would recommend getting this one.
I was a fan of The Fault in Our Stars so I decided to give Paper Towns a try and I'm glad I did. I loved this story and the actors they chose did really well in their roles. It was even fun to see the cameo at the gas station. I like that this is a story that could happen to anybody, however I feel most parents would not be as easygoing as Margo's if their child ran away. I think everyone can relate to at least one of the characters.
The second of John Green's novels turned movie really delivers the message of the book. I remember sitting watching having the AHA moment of finally understanding why it was called Paper Towns. It takes a bit away from the book diluting the conflict a bit but it still makes up for some pretty perfect casting choices as well as sharing that you only are young once so to do as much as possible then.
John Green is one of my favorite authors, and like The Fault in Our Stars, the book Paper Towns translated well to film. The movie is well-cast, and the story is unique and captures the complexity of emotions of teens at the transitional stage of graduating from high school. Nat Wolff is perfect in his role!
The entire movie is great until the very end. It's not what I wanted to see but still a great movie. AND one of the reasons why I wanted this movie was because I loved the song search party they played on the commercials and they only played it once at a party in the background. Irritating.