Benjamin Maio Mackay
Paper Towns - 3 Stars
This movie was almost too real – honestly if I wanted to watch such a sad story unravel I could’ve read the newspaper.
People go to the movies for escapism, for enjoyment and yes movies can have messages and at time be sad – but they still have to offer a form of entertainment. Paper Towns doesn’t entertain, I’m not saying it isn’t a good film, but it is too real to be enjoyed.
The casting is perfect Nat Wolff and Care Delevingne offer strong, believable performances in their roles. The casting of “real” people, as opposed to Hollywood stereotypes in fantastic, but in this case it serves to add to the negative realism of the film.
A major problem for me was how full of clichés it was. From a terrible voice over to Wolff’s character seeing his younger self at the end of the film, it certainly could’ve been improved.
Another issue was its abrupt ending, I felt like there was more I needed to know – the end just didn’t satisfy me. This movie was very much a snapshot into some people’s lives.
Overall it has strong performances from both leading actors, too many clichés and an abrupt ending. Certainly not a film you need to see, unless of course you want to make your self very sad. I’m sure novelist John Green (whose book this was based upon) lives solely on the tears of his adoring fans (he also wrote The Fault in Our Stars).
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of 20th Century Fox