This week from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and director Jake Schreier is the Bluray that gives us hope for friendships with “Paper Towns.”
Quentin (Nat Wolff) is a good kid who follows the straight line of life without causing any ripples. The same can’t be said about best friend Margo (Cara Delevingne) who wants to color outside the lines of life. These two began as childhood best friends but as they became older they start to drift apart.
That doesn’t change Quentin’s deep feelings for Margo who he continues to watch from afar. Hanging out with friends Ben (Austin Abrams) and Radar (Justice Smith), they are now in their senior year trying to fit everything into the small time period.
One night, to his surprise, Margo climbs in through the bedroom window and a whirlwind of hours happens. Learning her boyfriend has done her wrong, the young woman wants to make it clear to all that her emotions aren’t to be trifled with. Also in that evening, Quentin learns what else life can be.
Then poof – Margo disappears leaving no trace. Quentin tries to get on with his life listening to rumors here and there about where she may be. He is confronted by Lacey (Halston Sage), Margo’s best friend who feels there has been a misunderstanding with her friend.
That gives Quentin a moment of thought that maybe Margo has left clues because she wants to be found. He calls on Margo’s little sister Ruthie (Meg Crosbie) and searches her room for clues. One clue leads to another, to another and another, and finally to a road trip that Quentin, Ben, Radar Lacey and Ben’s girlfriend Angela (Jaz Sinclair) is nothing short of life changing!
But sometimes what you think is your journey turns out to be so much more.
Wolff as Quentin is such an amazing character and this young actor brings every emotion forward but in such a subtle way. I love that he narrates the story from the point of view that is honest and straight forward, especially when it comes to realizing that what he once thought was true is really hiding. Wolff is so endearing that it is impossible not to root for everything he is trying to do!
Delevingne as Margo is the wild side of what others wish they had the ability to be and do. Being a legend in her community is not what Margo wants but it is what forces her to make the decision she does. Yes, this means you have to watch the film because I’m not about to give anything away. Delevingne’s performance is one that gives the outward signs of rebellion yet her eyes say so much more.
Abrams as Ben is such a loveable character because he seems to carry the confidence of them all without even knowing it. I really enjoyed Abrams performance and he did make me laugh more than once! Smith as Radar is a young man who wants to be so much for his girlfriend Angela and I absolutely loved the scene where she lets him know that being himself is more important to her than just being a pleaser.
Sage as Lacey wants nothing more than to clear the air with her best friend Margo. She also takes a leap with the gang that is being created with good intention and friendship. Lacey ends up shocking herself – and me! Sinclair as Angela is just adorable and supporting Radar again made me smile.
Other cast include: Cara Buono as Mrs. Jacobsen, Josiah Cerio as Young Quentin, Hannah Alligood as Young Margo, Griffin Freeman as Jase, Caitlin Carver as Becca, and RJ Shearer as Chuck.
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Paper Towns” four tubs of popcorn out of five. This is a film that takes the viewers through experiences of a time many of us sometimes forget. It is a time of friendships that have, in some cases, lasted since kindergarten. It is a time of self discovery, mistakes, learning, loyalty, and fun that memories bring.
The book to screen is so beautifully done and not filled with ridiculous lament but instead let the characters explore separately and together. When a story such as this can be successfully brought to screen, then it’s a film I will shout from the rafters about.
The book “Paper Towns,” written by John Green, is the third novel written by the author. Green has shared that the inspiration for his book came through his travels in South Dakota learning about paper towns. Adapted to the screen by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber who did the same for the lovely film “The Fault in Our Stars.”
In the end — sometimes we need to get lost to get found!