“The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Like, I will probably never be struck by lightening, or win a Nobel Prize, or become the dictator of a small nation in the Pacific Islands, or contract terminal ear cancer, or spontaneously combust. But if you consider all the unlikely things together, at least one of them will probably happen to each of us. I could have seen it rain frogs. I could have stepped foot on Mars. I could have been eaten by a whale. I could have married the Queen of England or survived months at sea. But my miracle was different. My miracle was this: out of all the houses in all the subdivisions in all of Florida, I ended up living next door to Margo Roth Spiegelman.”
― John Green,
From the director and author of the Fault in our stars comes 2015’s Paper towns. This romance movie with a twist is a unique, funny and reflective on portraying the pressures of being a teen.
When Margo Ross (Cara Delevinge) moves next door to Q (Natt Wolf) he soon falls in with his miracle. As the time goes by she forgets him, until one night she sneaks in through his bedroom window to go on a revenge spree against her cheating ex-boyfriend and his allies. For Q it seemed like the perfect night. However, when morning comes Margo goes missing. So it’s up to Q and his friends to hunt her down in just a few hours before senior prom. Kind of like the ultimate teen movie!
Margo is our mysterious miracle according to Q. She has a number of legends to her name, making every teenage girl want to be her and every guy want to be with her. But does the man exceed the myth? Is all this true? Of course all of it can’t be, it’s just a story and she is just a girl, an ordinary girl made to look like this by her peers. So as Q finds this out his opinion of her changes, along with mine. She really isn’t that great; this kind of ruins the movie but makes us feel better about our ordinary lives. But i will give her one thing , she is very good at inspirational quotes.
At some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you’ll look back down and see that you floated away, too.”
― John Green,
Q and his friends however do go on a true adventure with cows, crashes, Pokémon, abandoned buildings, prom, the world biggest collection of black Santa’s and graduation. Even though they aren’t as cool as Margo, their adventure makes you think about what you want in the future and the cheesy idea of the importance of friendship.
I also learnt that when you are frightened just sing the Pokémon theme song as loud as you can because “you are going to be the very best, like no one was before”
Even though it was created by the same author (John Green) and director of the Fault in our stars (2014) and even has a star appearance from our beloved Ansel Elgort who played Augustus Waters, don’t expect it to be as nearly as good or even remotely similar. Paper towns is a happy film and actually has a good ending compared to the saddest film I have ever seen! So to the girl sat behind me in the cinema, why were you crying? So don’t be disappointed because the film does actually stick to the book rather well, something all book lovers ask.
This rom com /teen flick is a fun movie to watch with your friends and is still in cinema so I won’t say much more because I don’t want to spoil it. I would rate it 5 stars.
How have you not seen this?
Deathbyapril- April Ely
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Please check out my review for the Fault in our stars.