Paper Towns – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 49 mins

Rating: 12A

Release Date(UK): 17 August 2015

Genre: Drama, mystery, romance, comedy

Director: Jack Schreier

Cast: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage, Jaz Sinclair…

Description: Quentin has been neighbours with Margo since he was a child – now he’s nearing high school graduation. They used to be friends but then they grew up and Margo became the cool popular one and Quentin was kind of the complete opposite. One night Margo gives Quentin the honour of spending the night with her going round the town and getting revenge on all her cheating, lying friends. Quentin thinks that maybe tomorrow will be different, and he was right but not in the way he imagined… Margo has gone missing and left what seems like a collection of clues to her whereabouts.

My Thoughts: I reviewed the book of Paper Towns just over a week ago and I really, really enjoyed it. I thought it was amazing but you can go and read the review for my actually thoughts on the book. Anyway, then I got this film for Christmas and I watched it the other day and decided I should review it for you guys!

Firstly, the twelve-year-old versions of Quentin and Margo were brilliantly cast! They honestly looked like they could have been them when they were twelve and they acted the part really well also.

I really loved Ben (Austin Abrams) and Radar (Justice Smith) in the book, they’re really funny and cool and they really make the book great and I loved them in this too but I feel like all of the guys in this film look about thirteen and they were supposed to be graduating high school so they all should have looked eighteen and they just didn’t, I don’t know if it was the clothes or the posture or what but they just looked really young. And Quentin (Nat Wolff) looked really young when he was with them but when he was with Margo (Cara Delevingne) he looked older. It was weird.

I saw Nat Wolff in The Fault In Our Stars and although he had a relatively small part I knew he was a great actor and he really did his parts well. He played the part of Quentin really well and I’m so glad he was casted for the part; he got every aspect of Quentin’s character down to posture and personality right. Quentin was exactly how I imagined him.

I’d never seen Cara Delevingne act before seeing her in Paper Towns, I didn’t even know she was an actress… although I had seen her in shop windows along the high street modelling clothes that I didn’t want to buy. Anyway, at the start of the film I thought that maybe she wasn’t the right person for the part, maybe she had been miscast but as the film progressed I changed my mind and decide that actually Cara really was the right person to play Margo, as with Nat her movements and posture and also personality were all exactly right and I’m really glad her and Nat were picked as the leading actors.

All the particularly memorable lines or quotes that I remember from the book all featured in the film and every single one was said exactly right and exactly how I imagined it to be said in the book no matter who delivered the line.

I loved the Ansel Elgort cameo, it was so great! It was truly a great moment because it was so vague, short and pointless yet funny and amazing at the same time!

Sadly, I felt like the film was too short and there wasn’t enough content to make it as much of a mystery as the book felt. I think the atmosphere of the story was changed in this, when I was reading the book it felt like a proper mystery and you didn’t know what had happened to Margo and you desperately wanted to find out and you were trying to figure out the clues as the story went on and it didn’t feel quiet like that in the film, I don’t know if it’s because I read the book first and therefore already knew what was going to happen that it felt different but I don’t think it was. I just feel like the film needed to last a bit longer and have a bit more of a mystery about it.

They changed the ending a little bit and I found that kind of disappointing as I thought the ending was quite good in the book.

When I first read The Fault In Our Stars I didn’t know what all the fuss was about and then I watched the film and I understood completely, with Paper Towns it’s the opposite you have to read the book to know what it’s all about.

All of the above being said it was yet another great John Green film that teaches you a little more about life and opens up our eyes to the whole big world that’s out there just waiting for you. And it also doesn’t end as depressingly as The Fault In Our Stars, just in case you were worried.


I would really suggest watching this film if:

  • You’ve read the book (whether you liked it or not),
  • You’ve seen a trailer and it interested you,
  • You’ve seen and/or read The Fault In Our Stars and liked it,
  • You’ve read another book by John Green and liked it,
  • You’re a fan of Nat Wolff,
  • You’re a fan of Cara Delevingne,
  • All of the above,
  • Or you could just watch it because I’m telling you it’s amazing!

4 and a half/5 stars.

If you’ve seen the film and would like to share your views please feel free to write them in the comments section or if you’ve got your own review you can post a link in the comments section! If you haven’t seen the film but you’ve read the book and would like to share your thoughts you can comment on my book review here. And if you haven’t read or watched it but you’re planning to remember this review and come back and post your comments!

Warnings: Alcohol consumption, sexual references, a couple of kissing scenes, a small amount of nudity, swearing, some scenes that may be scary or upsetting to younger viewers. For full details click the link to the IMDb Parental guide:

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast click the link:

Other Information: Paper Towns was originally a book written by John Green who is also the author of The Fault In Our Stars which was also turned into a film in 2014 starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort (Who had an extras part in this film) and the lead role in this film – Nat Wolff.

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