Quentin “Q” Jacobsen (Nat Wolff) is a nerdy High School kid who doesn’t really do all that much besides hangout with his two dorky friends. For years he has been living across the street from Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne). Q and Margo were very close growing up, but as they got older they began to slowly drift more and more apart. Q always wanted to spend time with her, but never really made an effort to do so. One night, Margo sneaks into Q’s window and takes him out as her getaway driver to pull pranks on her ex-boyfriend and everyone that went behind her back with things. This was basically a dream come true for Q. The next morning, Margo disappears from society and is nowhere to be found. Margo did not tell anyone where she was going or what she was up to. Q starts to think about what she is up to and notices that Margo left him some clues to find her. Q and his friends then set out on a long road trip to find Margo.
Let me start with this: I was never really a fan of The Fault In Our Stars and going into this movie I was a little worried. I think that movie had way too many problems and I think John Green is to blame for that. I almost feel like that guy lives in a bubble and thinks teenagers work in the way he wants them to. That’s the main problem with Paper Towns. There is no believing that any of this would actually happen or this is how the teenagers would act or think. This movie really did not offer me all that much and I am incredibly disappointed with this. I thought this whole movie was just very uninteresting and I was pretty bored throughout. The first half of the movie is pretty terrible. Once they hit the road it picks up a tad bit, but is still pretty tough to watch.
I don’t think the acting was all that great in this either. I thought the only good actress in this was Cara Delevingne and she is barely in it. I mean, Nat Wolff was okay, but there was nothing about these characters that really excited me or made me feel interested in what they were doing or who they were. I didn’t see any real character development with this movie and sometimes that’s okay, but I think for a movie like this it would have been a little more helpful. I also do not think the script was all that good either. I think this is another thing you could blame John Green for. Yes, he did not write it, but he wrote the book where they got everything from. I thought this writing was just very weak and poor.
Paper Towns is just another teen movie about a boy who is dreaming of a girl that he will never have the courage to ask out. This kind of movie can work when it is done right, but I think this is too lazy and childish. There was really nothing new that this movie could offer and it is really a pointless movie. Sure, it will make a lot of money, but there is nothing special or even all that good about it. The finished product of this movie is pretty treacherous. I think that this movie maybe could have finished a little stronger than it did. To watch the whole movie and be bored out of my mind to wait for a finish like that, I think I’ll skip the next movie based on John Green’s novel. This is one I do not recommend checking out.
Overall, Paper Towns does nothing to entertain or impress its audience. It is just a poor adaptation of teenagers that makes no sense and has bad writing and dialogue. There was just really nothing here that intrigued me.
Grade= D (Bad)