Based on yet another book by John Green, the film follows the story of Quentin (Nat Wolff), also known as Q. He's living out his final weeks of high school with his two best friends, Radar (Justice Smith) and Ben (Austin Abrams). As a kid, Quentin was very close to his neighbour, Margo (Cara Delevingne), but as they got older the two of them grew further and further apart. That is until one night when she comes knocking on his window, asking him to help her out with a revenge plot against her closest friends, who have recently betrayed her in what she thinks is an unforgivable way. The two embark on a night of mischief, until the following morning when Q finds out that Margo has disappeared. Q soon begins to notice clues that have been left for him, leading him on a mission to find Margo and bring her back home.
Like most John Green books, this film speaks on a personal and relatable level, especially to people of my age. It's a truthful tale that leaves all the bullshit at the door. I'm not saying that this film is 100% believable, an eleven year old breaking into SeaWorld is a bit ridiculous, but I am saying that it's grounded and plays out how it needs to play out, without having too many hiccups. The film is really likeable as well, and I can't emphasise that enough. The film is far from cynical, proving it to be a worthwhile experience full of laughs and heart.
What takes centre stage, however, are the performances. The directing and the writing and the cinematography are all sublime, but it's the actors that make the movie. While all the performances are great, Nat Wolff is absolutely phenomenal as Q, although this is to be expected when he's starring in a movie. He's always great, and Paper Towns may just be his best performance yet. Then there's Cara Delevingne, who's in her first main role. While overall her performance is also excellent, there's still a few moments that come across slightly flat. But as a whole she manages to impress.
To sum up, Paper Towns manages to hold its ground when compared to the success of The Fault In Our Stars. It's honest, touching, unbelievably likeable and held together by some phenomenal performances. They even manage to fix the abrupt ending of the book.