Movie Review : Paper Towns, John Green

Hi bookish friends, how are you? About a week ago, I introduced you to the first article in my new category, From the Pages to the Screen, and mentioned some movies I was especially excited to see. Remember Paper Towns? Well, how could you forget! Now that I finally saw it,  here comes my first movie review! I hope you’ll enjoy it! 🙂

“Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.”

 Like a lot of people, I was a little anxious about sitting on a red chair, staring at a big and for now blank screen, and seeing one of my favorite stories come alive. About a week later, I’m glad to look back at it, and think about it with a feeling, not of dread, but of satisfaction. In the movie, I found back the essence of the book, what I was completely looking for. Adapted from John Green’s bestelling book, Paper Towns follows Quentin, a teenager hopelessly in love with his next-door neighbor, the popular yet enigmatic Margo. After taking him on a night adventure, Margo disappears, leaving behind her a trail of clues. Here starts the crazy ride. I have to say, I was very happy that the synopsis of the book was followed almost completely thoroughly by the writers of the script. Some scenes I loved in the story, such as the scene in Sea World, had to be cut away, and, to be honest, when first hearing about that, I was a little sad, as it was probably my favorite scene in the whole book. They did cut out some moments, and added some others, such as a particular time with Radar and Angela. However, the producer, and everyone working on this movie did a very great job of respecting the story written by John Green. From events unfolding in their one-night adventure, to bits of dialogues I knew by heart from reading the book too much, I found myself as immersed in the movie, as I was in the written story.

Ben: Bro, can we go?
Quentin Jacobsen: What if it’s Margo?
Ben: What if it is literally anything else?

One of the questions we ask ourselves the most, when we find out that our favorite book is becoming a movie, is probably, but WHO is going to play those amazing characters? I can see no one being better than they are in my mind. That’s always true. However, I have to say, I was happily surprised by the cast of this movie. Nat Wolff, who we previously met in The Fault in Our Stars movie, plays Quentin, the main character of this story. And, damn. I felt like he was a pretty good Isaac in TFIOS, and seeing him in Paper Towns only convinced me of his talent. I really enjoyed his performance, and even if he didn’t quitely fit Quentin’s shoes as I first saw them in my mind, I can say that he was good. Definitely, very good. He played the character I had learned to love, despite his flaws, and I enjoyed his performance a lot. The real surprise of this movie, were probably Justice Smith (Radar), and Halston Sage (Lacey). I fell in love with those two, seriously. I loved every moment they were on camera, and thought that they perfectly played the characters. A special mention to Jaz Sinclair (Angela), who is absolutely gorgeous and a great actress. However, I had a hard time with Cara Delevingne (Margo), and that saddened me a lot, as she’s well, one of the main characters. From the moment I learned she was going to play Margo, I thought that she didn’t represent the character well, or, I don’t know, maybe I was frustrated a little bit. She has talent, but I wasn’t convinced that she was the right Margo.

I had high hopes for this movie, and I’m happy to say that my expectations were mostly fulfilled. The cast was great, the story was everything I was waiting for, and the ending didn’t change, from the book to the movie. It was a realistic ending. Another of John Green’s book went to the big screen… next up is Looking for Alaska. Seeing my favorite book of all times on the big screen is definitely going to be another story.


Did you see Paper Towns? What did you think about it?

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