Sometimes, all it takes to enjoy a movie is having no expectations. Granted, reading a review for a movie (like this one!) will alter the way you think about it. So in that case, uh, stop reading? I don’t know. But for the rest of us, let’s continue.
I wasn’t a huge fan of The Fault in Our Stars. I love Shailene Woodley, but the whole teenage romance and cancer drama and overall tear-inducing filmmaking aren’t really marketed toward my demographic.
I also didn’t particularly care for Gone Girl. I think David Fincher is one of the best directors active today (to be fair, no one really disputes this), I’m a big fan of Ben Affleck (LET’S GO SEE 12 BATMAN MOVIES STARRING AFFLECK!) and thought Rosamund Pike totally nailed her role. But I didn’t like the book, and I didn’t care for the movie that much more.
That’s why it sort of surprised me how much I liked Paper Towns, which looks like a cross between those two movies.
Like The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns is adapted from a John Green book. Again, I haven’t read this, because it’s not for me. All I had to go on were the trailers: boy loves girl, girl convinces boy to cause some trouble, girl vanishes, boy has to go find her.
I wasn’t expecting much, and I think that’s why I left the theater so impressed. The relationships between all the characters in this movie feel genuine, and I laughed far more than I thought I would. It didn’t feel overwrought like TFiOS did, and while I may have rolled my eyes a little bit at some of the (slightly manufactured) teenage movie drama, I left the theater pleasantly surprised.
I think Paper Towns is worth your time, as long as you’re not expecting it to be the greatest movie you’ve ever seen. I know this isn’t a ringing endorsement, but Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne are both pretty great in their roles, and the ragtag bunch of misfits that accompany Wolff on his journey to find his lost love are even more enjoyable.
Paper Towns isn’t a movie you need to see in theaters, but it’s a film that’s worth checking out on Redbox or HBO or Netflix in a year or so. It’s well made and enjoyable. Check it out!