Hello, everyone! Paper Towns is due to be released August 17th (TOMORROW) in the UK (has already been released in the US) and on Saturday 1st August, I went to the early viewing of the much anticipated movie. I bought a ticket to this viewing about a week before the showing date, and ended up going solo. Fortunately, I didn’t seem to be the only one! As you may already know, Cara Delevingne plays the part of Margo Roth Spiegelman, and Nat Wolff plays the part of Quentin ‘Q’ Jacobsen. This is my review of the movie, whether I think it stayed true to the book, what I thought of the cast, and my experience overall. Here we go!
At first I was a little hesitant about Cara Delevingne playing Margo because I wasn’t sure what the intentions were – whether it was just for publicity, or whether she was actually a viable candidate. Nat Wolff was fantastic as ‘Isaac’ in The Fault in Our Stars, so I must admit I was less skeptical about him. However, after watching the movie, I have to say I think the cast did a great job! Cara portrayed Margo down to a ‘T’ – her quirkiness, her ‘mysteriousness’, and furthermore, the young Margo was great, too!+ For the majority of the movie, I forgot Cara was putting on an accent (maybe it did slip once…). But yeah, Cara was an awesome Margo. Nat nailed ‘Q’, the adorable awkwardness, and how clumsy and… awkward ‘Q’ is – it was all there. Cast wise, I don’t think it could have been any better. Even Radar and Ben – oh my God, Ben was hilarious.
Before the movie, instead of the usual hour long trailers, we were given a small treat – the entire footage of Youtubers Dan and Phil interviewing John Green in Leicester Square, which was fantastic because even though I’d seen lots of snippets on Twitter, it was great to sit and enjoy the entire thing and hear what John Green’s hopes were for the movie before watching it. Way better than having to sit through various trailers.
Before I went in to the screening room, I had to wait a good half an hour or so while it was being cleaned. I was the first one there, mostly because I was quite early. So I sat and waited. And groups of – mostly – teenage girls like myself, began to form a line behind me. I was the first to get my ticket checked and the usher had the funniest reaction! He was so surprised that Paper Towns was showing and stopped to ask each person whether they’d read the book.
Anyway, back to the movie. The movie was fun – the entire audience was laughing, including the boyfriend that was reluctantly dragged along. (I’m not being an ass, the couple were sitting behind me and he was complaining about Mission Impossible showing next door). John Green mentioned in the interview that his hope for the movie (and the book) was to make people realise/understand that people are just people, and that we shouldn’t treat them as ‘miracles’ or anything more than humans who make mistakes and are imperfect. I feel like the movie stayed true to this in the same way the book did. The ending of the book always confused me, I found myself disappointed at the unconventional, not-so-happy-ever-after ending. But after seeing the interview, among other interviews, I came to understand the point of the Paper Towns ending, and I began seeing it from a different perspective. A part of me wants to reread Paper Towns with this new-found viewpoint and see if it changes my experience of the book.
My favourite part of the movie definitely had to be the road trip! It’s one of the main parts in the story and I think it did just as well in the movie. Overall, I think Paper Towns is just a fun and exciting movie, and that many people will be checking this movie out, probably jut for the hype, and will get a pleasant surprise. If you’ve read the book, DEFINITELY watch the movie – don’t worry about it not staying true to the book because, if I remember correctly, not much is left out. I will probably drag my friends along to watch the movie a second time!