Movie Review of Latest John Green Movie Adaption ‘Paper Towns’

Featured image: Margo(Cara Delevingne) and Quentin (Nat Wolff) have a night filled with adventure on the town.

Another charming adaptation based on the work of John Green, author of “The Fault in Our Stars”, heads to screen; fans won’t be disappointed. Going in and out of the theater, “Paper Towns” brought the same vibes and feelings only “The Fault in Our Stars” could. John Green is making a name for himself and starting to be like Nicholas Sparks. When people watch a movie, they know it has to be an adaptation of his. This adaptation, with its talents behind the camera, bring a spotlight that is as bright as “The Fault in Our Stars”.
Paper Towns follows a boy named Quentin who is madly in love with his neighbor Margo. Margo is royalty at their school but the movie doesn’t focus on the subject like ‘Mean Girls’. After a night of fun, Margo goes missing and Quentin sets out to find his crush along with his friends Radar (Justice Smith) and Ben (Austin Abrams) who bring comic relief. The search party also includes Radar’s girlfriend Angela (Jaz Sinclair), and Margo’s friend Lacey (Halston Sage). With only clues left behind, they hope to reach Margo.
The cast is perfect and heartwarming. They appear to be like family just from their on screen chemistry. Nat Wolff plays the perfect Quentin as he has his whole life planned with a geeky, boring and diffident personality. Cara Delevingne has been criticized for her looks to play Margo, but it doesn’t matter how she looks, but what people make her look like whether it’s a queen (perspective of her school) or a brat (perspective of her parents) is a theme in the movie that makes Cara’s physical appearance less important. She also portrays the character’s wild, adventurous, and outgoing personality as well. Cara’s character sadly isn’t as important since she’s more of a goal or motivation for the main character. Smith, Abrams, Sage, and Sinclair who play Quentin’s friends are a good comic relief when needed throughout the movie as well as making amazing friends on screen. They are caring and loving supporting actors.
Compared to the book, the adaptation has its favorite moments but some things were less clear and descriptive. As a fan of the book, everyone seemed to be in the background such as parents or bullies and not have much part in the movie like they had in the book. The exceptions to this rule are Quentin, Margo, and the various friends that help Quentin. If this was more clear, relationships could’ve been more apparent to the audience, but I’m guessing the scriptwriters were doing the same thing as they did with Hazel and Gus from “The Fault in Our Stars”; because this is Quentin’s story, it should be focusing on him as it progresses like Hazel and Gus’s love story was the main focus. Other than this problem, they also messed up the chronological order of events and of course deleted some scenes, but you can ask only so much from an adaptation. The differences from the book don’t only bring negativity with things like Ansel Elgort’s cameo, or Angela going on the road trip with Quentin which adds more detail and adventure to the story.
With John Green’s books, there are many themes and quotes that people, young and old, will remember forever and take to their grave. Even without getting into detail or being more clear, the messages can be heard if you comprehend and take note of them such as “You need to get lost to get found,”. The many themes that John Green wrote into the book are portrayed clearly in the adaptation, and it’s comforting to know this because this makes the story so full of warmth like hot chocolate on a chilly day.
Coming out of the theater, I felt like I had seen “The Fault in Our Stars” all over again. I felt touched by the movie with its many creative and talented writers, actors and staff. These adaptations of John Green should be taken an example of how a movie should be adapted from a book. It sticks to the book, portrays it correctly and brings the beauty and essence of the movie screen to it, and it shouldn’t disappoint audiences whether you are a fan or not. Now we just have to wait for them to announce an adaptation of “Looking for Alaska”?
Boardman, Madeline. “Paper Towns Teaser Debuts During MTV Movie Awards 2015: Watch!” Latest News. U.S. Weekly, 12 Apr. 2015. Web. 24 July 2015.

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