Thursday, December 24, 2015
PAPER TOWNS (2015)
Directed By: Jake Schreier
Written By: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Based on the Book by: John Green
Cinematography By: David Lanzenberg
Editor: Jacob Craycroft & Jennifer Lame
Cast: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage, Jaz Sinclair, Cara Buono
*Please note that some trivia and facts have been republished from imdb among other sources In this review
Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears - leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship - and true love.
This reminds me of a John Hughes movie at least the closest modern equivalent. The next generations model. That doesn't speak in stereotypes and generalities. It also doesn't feel disposable and plastic. Made purely for entertainment value. Rather than a film that will stick with you.
This film feels like the kind more can identify with for the good and the bad things that the characters do.
How there is a natural mystery to life and in life, but also how we look for things or put various things together that might not even go together or are just various mistakes that happen to fit together and can create their own narrative.
A movie of the generation after mine that feels familiar while having it's own quirks and points of view. While also playing by it's own rules.
It stays inventive and charming yet cute.
What I lie a it the film is that I like about John Hughes films that they are smart, reserved and fun. They educate while telling a entertaining story. It tackles serious subjects lite but responsibly.
Luckily it never passes itself off as deeper than it can handle as it isn't.
Cara Delevingne's character is largely absent as she is at the center of the mystery and while her character is mystical there is also a sense of irresponsibility and pretentiousness about her that makes her come off as more manic pixie dream girl. As she has little qualities a young man might wish for in a girl who acts too cool for school. Yet also always seems to try things out to discover. As she has yet to define herself it wants to. Which you can see coming. So when that comes into play you are not that surprised and understand why it must be done. Though seems rather dramatic.
Cara Delevingne wasn't the only person considered for the role of Margo. Shailene Woodley was originally cast, but had to drop out due to clash of filming schedules with Insurgent. John Green said he would have chosen Emma Blackery, a fellow YouTuber, for the role, but he admitted the casting wasn't up to him.
I like that the ending shows that it necessarily isn't meant to be more about learning and bonding with those who care and truly love you.
So that the journey was more important than the goal and have a true adventure. For those who can't see the obvious. As it is the same lesson told to a new generation in their own language.
Though the film doesn't hold into account her characters selfishness. Though it does shed light on something women have to go through. Instead of being looked at for themselves, personality and talents. Instead they represent what others choose to put on their shoulders jewel, fantasy, sex object, miracle, and that hey are nothing more the. A guns being a person who has flaws and doesn't have everything figured out. Falling in love with their without really knowing them.
A teen, free spirit who while admitting guilt at least apologizes and proved to be a convenient to freedom at least from a mind state or sense of being. Also away from your parents.
While I am not necessarily a big fan of John Green's books. Of which I have only read one and really enjoyed it. As i find his writing somewhat truthful, well researched, quirky and touching as he doesn't paint his characters as saints and actually has sexuality and language. That most books of that type seem to avoid to be more universal and safe.
In the book, Angela does not (and is never asked to) go on the road trip. Does not have the same ending as book
If you like coming if she movies or teen films. This will be a nice film to check out. Time nothing special but it is a good time.