Paper Towns (2015) | Movie Review

Starring Nat Wolff, Cara Delevigne

After last year’s tearjerker that was The Fault In Our Stars, here we are getting another John Green novel turned into a full-length feature film with Paper Towns, which features Nat Wolff and Cara Delevigne. Did the film head in the right direction, or did it spin out of control in the middle of the highway?

Now, I haven’t read the novel, so I don’t really have any basis for comparison on whether the film was faithful to the book. It’s a pretty intriguing story, based on the trailer. It’s supposed to be a mystery film, but that didn’t quite work for me. The romantic angle between the 2 leads didn’t work for me, either. I don’t know if it’s just me but it felt like it just wasn’t developed enough, at least in the film.

The film is at its best when it showcases the friendship of the 3 male leads, and later on in the movie, the 2 girls who tag along with them. The banter and the chemistry between them just feels natural, which makes it more engaging. It also helps that there are some genuinely hilarious moments in this film. Nat Wolff has his own brand of charm within him, which makes him very likable in the film. Cara Delevigne delivers as Margo Roth Spiegelman, but there’s nothing really special with her performance.

Paper Towns tries too hard to be mysterious. The film works better as a feel-good coming-of-age comedy than as some sort of mystery. The journey they took was definitely better than the destination they were headed to. But it’s all still good, and very much enjoyable. It isn’t perfect, but it’s still pretty much compelling in its own way.

My Rating: 7/10

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