Friday, July 31, 2015

Movie Review | Paper Towns

"The town was paper, but the memories were not."

Released: July 24, 2015
Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage  Director: Jake Schreier
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Well, it appears that I haven't written a movie review on this little ol' blog in more than a year.

When I first started Girl Writes Reviews, my intention was to write about all things fangirl: books, movies, and television.  But, it seems that my love for all things bookish has overshadowed the other corners of the entertainment industry that I love to write about.  However, with the recent release of Paper Towns, I figured there's no time like the present to get back to writing about the stories told on the big screen.

But, I also have other incentives for writing this book review.   You see, my best friend and I spent a 12-hour day working on the set of Paper Towns as extras (we played high school students).  (Thanks, Cheryl for helping me land the job!). It was December, and I was freezing outside in my short sleeves, pretending we were in Florida when it was actually the middle of winter in North Carolina.  I was on my feet for the majority of the day.  I stood approximately 2 feet away from John Green at various points throughout the day and I was not allowed to tell him that I thought he was brilliant and that I loved him because extras were not supposed to talk to the actors/celebrities.  And, by the end of the day I was tired, a little sad, and yet very excited to have had such an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

So, you're damned right I'm going to write a review for this movie that I was a part of (whether you can actually find me onscreen or not) and dedicated 12 very long and tiresome hours of my life to.

Without further ado, here are my thoughts on Paper Towns...

So, Paper Towns is a really great book (you can check out my book review here).  But, it's definitely not my favorite of Green's works.  That accolade is reserved for The Fault In Our Stars.  In the same vein, I cannot say that the Paper Towns movie is my favorite Green book-to-movie adaptation.  Many film critics have declared that Paper Towns is better than TFIOS.  However, I have to disagree (but, hey, maybe I'm biased).

Nevertheless, there are a couple of things that I really loved about Paper Towns:



The Soundtrack

I know it's a little weird to say that the soundtrack is my favorite thing about this movie, but it really, truly is.  I have been listening to the Paper Towns soundtrack non-stop since I saw the movie.  (In fact I am listening to it write now as I type up this post.)  This movie soundtrack is the perfect summer road-trip music, and there is something incredibly nostalgic about it.  It takes my back to my high school days when I was young, naive, and blissfully unaware of the world of adulthood.

Some of my favorite tracks are:
  • "Search Party" by Sam Bruno, which was featured in many of the TV teasers for the film.  This song is fun and chill at the same time.  It just reminds me of careless nights with your friends, having a good time.
  • "Great Summer" by Vance Joy is my absolute FAVORITE song on this soundtrack!  It kind of reminds me of the end of summer when things are changing.  Maybe you're leaving for college or having some kind of transitional stage in your life, and there are a ton of possibilities for your future, but you also have a lot of nostalgia as well.  Gosh, I miss that feeling.  Brb, crying...
  • "Lost It To Trying" by Son Lux is hauntingly beautiful.  I prefer to listen to this song at night when I'm laying in bed.  So great...
  • "My Type" by Saint Motel and "Falling" by Haim are two upbeat, fun songs that make me want to get up and dance like Q does in the movie.
I know what you're thinking: "I came here to read about the movie, not the soundtrack".  I know, I know.  I'm sorry.  I just got carried away.  

The soundtrack is great.  Even if you haven't seen the movie or don't plan on seeing it, you should check it out!  


The Acting

The acting is definitely what makes this film work.  I have to admit that while Q and Margo can be annoying characters at times, I found that they were both portrayed well by Wolff and Delevingne.  I was especially impressed by Delevingne's acting and I honestly couldn't imagine anyone else taking on the character of Margo.  

While Wolff and Delevigne were great, I thought that the show was stolen by the story's secondary characters.  

Ben (Austin Abrams) is just as funny (if not more so) as his character is in the books.  He is very lovable despite his often crude and sexist jokes.  

Justice Smith captures Radar's innocence and adorableness perfectly.  I honestly wanted to give him a hug.  

Angela (Jaz Sinclair) is so beautiful.  I thought that her relationship with Radar was depicted perfectly.  I really just wish that she could have had more screen time.  (Also, I have serious hair envy.  Have you seen her curls?  Don't get me started.)

And, Halston Sage makes Lacey's character incredibly likable.  She is kind and smart and easy to sympathize with.

This movie has great acting all around.  (P.S. Look very closely for John Green's cameo, because it's easy to miss.  And, it's pretty great as well!)

***

Overall, I really enjoyed Paper Towns.  It's a great coming-of-age story about first-love, friendship, what it means to be human.  I think that the film was beautifully translated from the page to the screen.  I don't think I would have done anything differently.  I am so incredibly proud and happy to say that I was a part of this project.  It's probably one of the coolest things I've ever done (so far).  

Get Lost in the comments below....


  1. Are you thinking of seeing Paper Towns?  Have you already seen it?  What did you think?  Leave your comments below!

Talk to you all soon! xx





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