Ugggggh! Alright, let’s do this. So I saw this movie when it first came out, but I wanted to wait til I finished the book to actually review the thing. And here’s what both made me realize: I really hate Margo Roth Spiegleman.
But before I get into that in depth let’s start at the beginning. I find John Green’s books to be a mixed bag. Like, I loved this first and his last novel (this is before the release of Turtles All the Way Down, of course), and yet I’ve pretty much hated all the rest. But I loved the TFIOS movie and I loved Nat Wolff’s portrayal of Isaac so I was willing to give the Paper Towns movie a try even though I had DNFed the book (I later went back and read the whole thing, still hated it.)
Now let me say that Nat Wolff is the best part of this movie. His portrayal of Q is so much better than the book version, I can’t even tell you. And the cute little cameo of Ansel Elgort at the gas station made me grin like a mad woman. Other than that the only other part of the movie I liked was the pranking. A lot of this has to do with Margo Roth Spiegleman.
I hate Margo. I hate her with a fiery passion. I think she’s selfish, I think she uses people, and I think she’s all around terrible. So watching a film about this boy obsessing over her is really irritating. I want to smack him upside the head and yell “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” I also really don’t like the actress they casted to play her, model Cara Delevingne. I swear this girl’s only emotion is a sort of pissed off confusion, judging by her facial expressions.
Most of the film is your typical road trip buddy comedy with quirky randomness strewn throughout. It’s the perfect example of Green’s tendency to favor quirkiness over character. Sometimes, like in TFIOS, this works. Other times, such as Paper Towns, it really, really does not.
This movie gets 3 nuts, based almost entirely on Nat’s performance. Without that I’d probably give it a two. It does the best it can with its source material but seriously, stop it with the manic pixie dream girl shit.
I guess I recommend it if you like Nat or if, like me, you’re a John Green completionist.
What did you think of Paper Towns? Share your thoughts in the comments.
From my shelf to yours,