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Paper Towns (2015): Movie review

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Synopsis :

Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears – leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship – and true love.

(Source : IMDB)



Paper towns (2015) is about finding one’s self, teenage life, adventure and a sort of mystery.  It’s a story of a boy who finds girl a miracle in his life but realized it’s not really like that in the end. Most of us experienced it too. There are things that fascinated us in the first place or at first sight but as time goes by we realized that it’s not really admirable. It’s doesn’t define our happiness. Something is more important that our eyes must be focused to. Real happiness is still our choice. Q’s final decision was I think the best. 🙂


Quentin “Q” Jacobsen – The protagonist and narrator of the story. He has had a crush on his neighbor, Margo, since they were kids. Throughout their childhood and adolescent years, his crush on Margo develops. In the book, Quentin realizes his love for Margo, particularly after her disappearance. Before she leaves, Margo leaves clues to her eventual location. Quentin soon becomes obsessed with finding these clues and recruits his friends to help him find Margo. His desire to find Margo results in him neglecting school and his friends, which Radar rebukes him for. His obsession, in turn, causes him to possess this fantastical and essentially perfect image of Margo. Towards the end of the novel, he discovers that his image and expectations of her were unreal.

Margo Roth Spiegelman – A self-described “paper girl” who runs away from home only to be pursued by her childhood friend, Quentin. Margo is one of the most popular girls at her local high school. Due to her unhappiness with the “falsity” of her setting, she decides to leave town. However, before she leaves town, she enlists Quentin to help her fulfill a revenge plan on everyone that has mistreated her.

Ben Starling – One of Quentin and Radar’s best friends. Travels with them and his girlfriend, Lacey.

Marcus “Radar” Lincoln – one of Quentin’s best friends. To his embarrassment, his parents own the world’s largest collection of black Santas.

Lacey Pemberton  – She has been one of Margo’s closest friends since kindergarten. However, Margo and Lacey have a strange friendship. Margo feels that Lacey has always been judgmental of her throughout the course of their relationship.


It was done well. I don’t have any expectations but I was amazed on how it started to narrate the story along with the style of shots. I like the part of giving emphasis to Margo and Quentin’s childhood.


  • School
  • Quentin and Margo’s houses
  • Road Trip
  • Gasoline Station
  • Paper Town in New  York

Comments and Suggestions:

A highschool boy thinks of infatuation as a miracle. Margo Roth  was his miracle. This is simply a false belief of any teenagers. The bottom line of the story:

 “Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl.”

The movie was typical. Highschool life comes to an end so everyone is anticipating the prom night. What makes it different from other teenage drama movies is the female lead’s personality. I am actually glad that it’s not a mushy-mushy teenage love affair. Thanks Margo (played by Cara Delavigne) for being unique and a mystery. Q (played by Natt Wolff) as the narrator and obviously the protagonist of the story was the very typical good boy. He goes to school then home. He follows mom’s orders. He needs some spice in life that he found in Margo’s adventurous soul. That made him more attracted to her but wasn’t able to get closer to her until that one night.

“‘My heart is really pounding,’ I said. ‘That’s how you know you’re having fun,’ Margo said. But it didn’t feel like fun; it felt like a heart attack”

The way they bonded was the miracle for me. Q, I want to tell you that Margo wasn’t really the miracle. It’s the connection between the two of you is. Laughing together. Running fast together. Shopping for the revenge stuffs. Waltz in the famous tower. You can be attracted to any cute boys/girls in your town but there will be only one person that’s something beyond attraction. That will make this person very special to you because of your ineffable connection. (my point of view right now as an adult) Going back to the characters of being teenagers, the depth of romance was not there yet. I already watched thousands of love stories then what the movie showed me was a shallow one. Boy followed girl. Boy got dumped.the end.

I haven’t read the book version (John Green’s work). As usual, I can see people who prefer the book more the movie. I don’t have any idea about it. As far as the movie is concerned, I like the technical aspects but still needs to push more on making the plot more interesting to watch. I am not sure if this movie really fits for a “mystery genre”. Do you know the TV Series “Pretty Little Liars”? I am expecting something like that. I want to use my deductive skills. Just because one person is missing that means it’s already a mystery. Maybe, I shouldn’t expect that high for this one because the target audience is teenagers. I am an adult so that’s the factor that makes me comment this way. Why do I have this copy of the movie anyway? Hmmm… Aha! I copied it from my classmate’s movie files. It’s a random pick of movie. So that’s it.

Nevertheless, the movie was just fine. You can watch it to reminisce  your younger days. Don’t expect much from it so you won’t be disappointed. I can recommend this movie to teenagers and young at heart.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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