SUMMARY: Quentin “Q” Jacobsen (Nat Wolff) befriends Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne) after she moves in next door when he was young. Although they were the best of friends while growing up in the suburbs of Orlando, they drifted apart during their high school years. On the verge of high school graduation, Q and Margo have a final night on the town…only to skip town the next day. With the help of his friend, Q puts together the paper trial to track down the whereabouts of Margo.
ANALYSIS: This film, based on the 2008 young adult novel by popular author John Green, follows the sleeper success of the adaptation of his latest novel “The Fault in Our Stars”. Like “The Fault in Our Stars”, “Paper Towns” knows how to balance comedy and drama. Not only that, the film doesn’t talk down to its intended audience when it deals with subjects that are considered taboo.
The two leads, Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne, have a believable chemistry. Delevingne’s character is a mysterious yet intriguing one. The film has a good supporting cast even they rely heavily on the two lead characters in terms of dialogue.
The film’s storyline is an intriguing one that involves the sudden disappearance of Margo Roth Spiegelman and the scavenger hunt for clues of her whereabouts that follows. The mystery of the situation is what drives the movie’s plot…until the movie’s third act unfortunately.
For such a good buildup with its plot, the movie has a rather disappointing payoff. The movie tries to pass off as a coming-of-age rite of some sort when in reality it was a weak ending.
CONCLUSION: Although not as memorable as “The Fault in Our Stars”, “Paper Towns” manages to stand on its own due to its intriguing plot and characters despite a lackluster ending.