The film Paper Towns is based on the novel by John Green, who also wrote the successful Fault In Our Stars novel which made its way to the screen as well. Hoping to earn the same respect at the box office as its predecessor, Paper Towns does manage to flex some muscle in the humor and entertainment departments.
The lead character—Quentin “Q” Jacobsen—is played by actor and musician Nat Wolff. From the start, Quentin is infatuated by the recent neighborhood addition of stunning Margo Roth Spiegelman [model and actress Cara Delevingne]. Margo seems to have it all, and Quentin seems to be drawn to her beauty, wit, courage, and other appealing aspects. Quentin has been on the safe and nerdy side through his childhood and teenage years. Margo on the other hand, has carved a niche on the opposite end of the spectrum. As close friends in their adolescent years, their bond has definitely loosened as the two have grown up together but have grown apart. Quentin without question prefers to keep it safe as Margo prefers to live life on the wild side. On her destructive path through the wild life, Margo becomes an outcast and is definitely set in her ways. She is estranged from her parents and it seems as though her only connection to her family is the semi-close bond with her younger sister. Margo’s over-the-top behavior and frequent defiant acts of running away from home have become the norm. Margo disappears numerous times with only intricately designed clues left behind for others to only hope to solve to uncover her whereabouts.
Once high school hits, Quentin and Margo pass each other in hallways and simply become familiar faces in the crowded hallways bouncing from class to class. That is until one night, when Margo shows up on Quentin’s bedroom window sill. Out of nowhere, she has a huge favor to ask of him. With hopes of unleashing humorous acts of vengeance on some classmates who she feels have done her way wrong, Margo feels it’s Quentin’s time to shine and pry open his hardened shell of innocence. He is now on the spot, and the weight of peer pressure has never been greater. The major question now is, will Quentin continue on the same dull beaten path or become Margo’s unlikely accomplice in her over the top retaliation tactics?
As time passes, Margo disappears from her family again. It seems as though, Quentin, and his contingent of comedic and intelligent friends are on the only considerable path to uncovering the clues to know where to track Margo down this time. Quentin’s drive to find the love of his life propels Paper Towns through an entertaining journey with a considerable amount of laughs. Although a bit far-fetched in some instances (as movies often do), Paper Towns is an enjoyable film helped by adequate doses of mystery, suspense, and humor.
Until next time, L.B.Reel
Running Time: 109 minutes