Paper Towns – Review

Paper Towns – Budget of $12 million – 1 hour 49 minutes

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Paper Towns
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There are 3 types of people who see books-turned-movies

  1. The people who love the book, who understand that the whole book can’t be in the movie, but want little to no changes
  2. The people who love/like the book, who don’t care about the amount of changes. as long as it ends the same
  3. The people who know someone who read the book

Be assure that all 3 types will be satisfied with John Green’s latest film adaptation of his book, Paper Towns.

The story starts with boy meets new girl next door.  Quentin, or Q, is instantly in love with Margo Roth Spiegelman.  And this would be a typical love story, until one event changed their friendship.  Now in their senior year,Q is still in love with Margo, but Margo and Q could not be farther apart. Until, one night, Margo slips into Q’s window and ask for his help with her plan for revenge against a cheating ex-boyfriend and a backstabbing friend.  Q reluctantly agrees.  That night Margo completes 9 (yes, nine for those that read the book) tasks to get revenge.  The next day, Margo disappears.  This disappearance is nothing new for Margo.  Margo often runs away and leaves clues behind for people to find her.  This time Margo’s parents are through with her antics and refuse to look for her.  They believe she will come back when she wants money or she is bored.  Q will not accept this.  He wants to find the love of his life, Margo Roth Spiegelman.

Q, with the help of his friends Ben and Radar, find clues to where Margo might be and decide to find her.  Q, Ben, Radar, Angela (Radar’s girlfriend), and Lacey (Margo’s best friend) go on a road trip to help Q find Margo.  This road trip leads to Q discovering the meaning of a miracle, friendship, and love.

This movie has a rare intro from John Green thanking the crew, actors, and watchers of the movie.  For some this feels desperate, but true John Green fans know this is just John connecting with fans as he does through social media.  The movie feels like a better re-write to the book.  The key points of the book are there and John Green fans know why some parts were taken out.  It gives you an ending, a John Green ending, but an ending nonetheless.  All 3 people listed in the beginning of the review will be pleased.

I give this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars

If there is a tuba there, its not a party – Radar

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