Thursday, May 19, 2016
I finally watched Paper Towns and thought I'd share my thoughts on it. I haven't read the book but the movie looked fun. And with Suicide Squad coming up I was mildly curious to see Cara Delavinge in a role prior to that. I thought the movie did a good job capturing the uncertainty and angst of the teenage years and the end of high school. Like most teen movies it was over the top and unrealistic- could the guys have been any more geeky- but for the most part it was good. I thought the movie was entertaining and funny at times and for the most part it worked.
I had a lot of freedom as a kid so I could relate to Margo's adventurousness. I did think Quentin was a bit naive or something for eighteen but maybe that's just me. The pranks were pretty elaborate and I didn't think that was very realistic (I mean breaking and entering someone's house? Seriously) I did like how as the night went on Quentin got more daring- as much as he was crushing on Margo it made sense to me that he would take more chances. And once Margo disappeared I'm not sure I buy them going on a thousand mile trip to find her- I can't see the parents going for that.
I thought the guys were okay but the pace of the movie picked up immeasurably when Lacey and Angela joined the crew. They made the road trip fun and Lacey was probably the most interesting character to me. The pretty girl who is more than that and becomes friends with the guys based solely on their mutual affection for Margo. That worked for me.
Paper Towns is worth seeing if you're not expecting too much. It's not a great movie but it's good enough. I thought the movie was fun and I'm glad I got to see it.