You might have sobbed your heart out after seeing The Fault In Our Stars and its tragic love story, but the latest John Green film adaptation Paper Towns will have you celebrating a life spent with true friends and ultimately discovering a life filled with moments that truly make you feel like you’re alive.
Directed by Jake Schreier and starring Nat Wolff (of TFIOS) and Cara Delvingne (Paper Towns being one of a string of films she’s set to appear in the next 12 months), the film focuses on lovestruck Quentin (Wolff), his high school friends and the girl across the street/object of his affections/popular girl in school, Margo Roth Spiegelman (Delvingne).
As he nears the end of high school, Quentin prepares himself for college, the thought of moving away from home becoming a hope for him to finally bury his feelings for Margo. The two haven’t hung out since they were little kids, but Quentin can’t help but think about her, mesmerised by the myth and fantasy that is Margo Roth Spiegelman.
Margo’s life is filled with adventure: never one to blend in the crowd, Margo sneaks out of her house, breaks and enters into her friend’s homes for fun, and explores the town that she so desperately wants to escape. Calling it a ‘paper town’, Margo doesn’t want to be stuck in one position on the map for the rest of her life.
Quentin however has grown into a teen that avoids trouble, choosing to stay in at home, throw himself into his studies and look forward to reaching his thirties with a married life and children. But after one unexpected night spent with Margo during one of her escapades, Quentin’s eyes suddenly light up and he begins to see his life in the paper town in a completely different light. His hopes for a life with Margo are reignited after he feels a euphoric rush from their adventure.
When Margo sets off on another adventure without Quentin, purposefully leaving only a few clues for him to find, he and his friends take a road trip that will open their eyes to a Margo kind-of-life filled with adventure, new places and those pure moments of exhilaration that make your heart feel like it’s going to burst out of your chest. On their mission to find Margo, they learn about true friendship and love, but also that there is more to life than what they can draw from their paper town.
A fantastic script and great casting with a soundtrack fit to perfection, Paper Towns is one of those films that makes you want to leave the cinema, take a ride with your friends, wind the windows down and breathe in the cold, fresh air.
A little sidenote: if you can see this film with your oldest friends it makes for an even better experience. Something about being sat with my oldest friends watching a film that celebrates friendships and the many adventures that are just waiting for you to grab was just super sweet… Sorry, I got a little mushy with my feelings there.