Before I start, I just want to say that I love John Green. He is one of my favorite authors, and I loved Paper Towns when I read the book, and I was very pleased with the movie.
The acting in this movie wasn’t amazing, but it was decent. This is the second movie based off of a John Green novel that Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars, Stuck in Love) has been in. The first was The Fault in Our Stars as Isaac. He did a marvelous job as Quentin, aka Q, a high school senior who is in love with his mysterious neighbor Margo, played by Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina). Delevingne brings the enticing character to life in a way that is intriguing to viewers. She embraces the mystery of Margo and brings the character to life.
The humor in this movie can not be ignored. It was extremely funny, and most of that humor is due to Q’s best friend Ben, played by Austin Abrams (Gangster Squad, Kings of Summer). While many of Abrams lines where inappropriate, they were also hilarious. I would, however, NOT recommend watching this movie with parents, especially if you’re a teenager.
Book to movie adaptations can be very difficult to do. The Percy Jackson movies are proof of this. I love the Percy Jackson books with every fiber of my being, but I hate the movies with a burning passion. Seriously, I can rant about everything wrong with those movies for hours. That isn’t the case with Paper Towns. There were things in the movie that were different from the book, but it was a decent adaption.
The plot of the movie was the same as that of the book, with a few changes. In the book, Q, Ben, Radar, played by Justice Smith (The Get Down), and Lacey, played by Halston Sage (Neighbors), went on the road trip to find Margo But in the movie, Radar’s girlfriend Angela, played by Jaz Sinclair (Into Dust), went with them. Also, they changed the timeline in the movie. In the movie they had the roadtrip take place before prom, but in the book it took place after graduation. I was actually okay with the timeline change though. I thought it was better than how it happened in the book.
Now, I can not talk about this movie without talking about the amazing cameos!!!! On their road trip, the group of friends stop at a gas station to get some things, and who happens to be the cashier, but Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent)!!!!!!! To say I freaked out would be an understatement…. But, Elgort wasn’t the only to make a cameo, John Green as the voice of Beca’s dad.
As a book to movie adaptation I give Paper Towns a 6/10.
As a movie, I give it a 6.75/10.