Paper Towns Review

Paper Towns

Directed Jack Schreier

Written by Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber

Starring Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, and Jaz Sinclaire

            Paper Towns is about Quinten (Wolff) and Margo (Delevingne) who become friends as children. Despite this close relationship they have, they become distant as they get older. Then one night Margo recruits Quinten to play revenge pranks on her various friends. The next morning. However, Margo disappears, and she leaves clues to Quinten and Quinten goes to search for Margo, but he ends up finding himself. Paper Towns is nice little teen romance/mystery/coming of age movie. Paper Towns is a movie that shines in some aspects while it is rather dull in others.

Where Paper Towns shines is in the cast of the film. Delevingne and Wolff were great as the two leads in the movie. Their chemistry together was fantastic, and I believed the relationship dynamics between these two characters. The strongest part of the cast, at least what I thought was the most substantial part of the cast, were Austin Abrams and Justice Smith, who played Wolff’s best friends. The chemistry between the three of them was excellent, and much like with Delevingne, the relationship between the three of them was highly buyable. Abrams and Smith are also great at delivering the film’s comic relief. The humor of the movie was also something that worked. The humor was part pretty standard for this kind of film and one part indie style quirky comedy. Paper Towns blends both of these humor styles effectively.

Where Paper Towns falls short is in the mystery elements. While the film executed the mystery elements well throughout, the resolution to the mystery is an anticlimax to the movie. As a member of the audience, you want to know why Margo left town and when she finally reveals why she left town, it is just that, an anticlimax. There are also points where the film drags and probably should have been either cut out of the movie or glossed over.

Overall Paper Towns is enjoyable; acted well, although it is uneven and drags at points. Paper Towns gets a 3.5/5 because any film that includes a black Santa collection deserves at least a 3.5.

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