paper Towns

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” 

Based on the #5 New York Times Best Seller and Edgar Award winning novel of 2009 by author John Green, Paper Towns is a coming of age film, filled with young love and the angst that we have all gone though, becoming who we really are.

When we first meet Quentin (Nat Wolff), he has become instantly mesmerized with the young girl who just moved in next store, named Margo (Cara Delevingne).

As they become fast friends, Quentin realizes that Margo is a FREE SPIRIT, wanting to experience the world on a totally different playing field than he himself is comfortable with.

As the years pass by, and the distance between them grows, Quentin’s love for Margo never wavers, even though she no longer acknowledges his mere existence on this earth.

When Margo needs to right a few wrongs during one of her nightly excursions Senior year, out of the blue she shows up climbing through Quentin’s window, hoping to convince him to join her in her quest for justice!

Torn by doing what is right, or following Margo all over town to conduct her many carefully thought out plans, Quentin realizes that up until this very night, he hasn’t really LIVED at all!!

When Margo has accomplished all her vendettas with Quentin by her side, she immediately vanishes, leaving Quentin alone in his anguish and pining for her once again. But, when little clues start showing up in various places, giving Quentin an inkling of where Margo may have gone…Quentin must seek to find the truth, and Margo, regardless of where she has gone…

I give PAPER TOWNS 3 out of 5 Stars: Although I usually love coming of age films like SIXTEEN CANDLES, SAY ANYTHING, CLUELESS, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALL FLOWER, or NICK AND NORAH’s INFINITE PLAY LIST, and the fact that the screenplay for this film was written by the writers who brought to life THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, and THE SPECTACULAR NOW – Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber~ you would think I would have been blown away by this film, but sadly, I wasn’t. I think that bringing back Nat Wolff as the lead character, after having played a small role is STARS was good – and his acting was solid, and so was Cara Delevingne’s – her role as Margo the carefree drifter was pretty spot on too…and having a surprise cameo appearance from another actor from STARS was good too. But, the inconsistencies in the storyline throughout the film, combined with the absentee parenting that apparently must be in all of coming of age films in the last decade, just wasn’t working for me. I mean, this film isn’t bad, but it also wasn’t making me giddy, or sad, or getting me to engrossed in the lives of any of these youngsters either. When it was all said and done, I just felt that PAPER TOWNS played out rather flimsy and see-through, as these types of films sometimes do…

Kathy Kaiser

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