Release Date: July 9th 2015
Director: Jake Schreier
Easy-going and a little bit silly, ‘Paper Towns’ is everything “Delevingne”
Text: Sophie Scotter
Simply put, Paper Towns is a fun movie. Its relaxed yet amusing plot is the perfect setting for a lead actress that refuses to take herself too seriously. Despite a whirlwind career, Cara Delevingne is refreshing as free-spirited girl-next-door, Margo Roth Spiegelman. The 23-year-old has been associated with some of the biggest names in high fashion, whilst her penchant for acting has landed her roles in several box-office hits. Despite all this, the actress-come-supermodel has remained one of the most down-to-earth celebrities on the block, and she made Paper-Towns what it was. This kind of easy-going, happy-go-lucky genre certainly suits Delevingne down to the ground.
The film was a perfect metaphor for the journey of self-discovery experienced by all teenagers: the endless confusion over who you are, what you want and where you’re going. Throughout the plot, Margo Roth Spiegelman traverses the high school cliques, from in-crowd to geek-squad to solo disappearing artist. Hidden behind the Paper Towns’ comedic theme, it’s only upon reflection that Margo’s journey becomes a striking symbol of social angst. Her powers of persuasion over her peers, as well as her daring and bold nature, successfully conceal Margo’s real insecurities, and it’s not until the very end that Schreier exposes the character’s fragility.
Indeed, the ending was not as predictable as one might expect from a film of this genre, leaving viewers wanting more of the typically warm, fuzzy feeling. Perhaps the plot could have been deepened or philosophised in parts, though there was a danger this would contrast too greatly with the witty guises of the supporting roles. I would like to have seen more depth to the end of the movie, given the time that lead actor Quentin Jacobsen (Nat Wolff) devotes to searching for Margo.
Paper Towns had me philosophising, intermittently cringing-out, and grinning from ear to ear. Heart-warming, exciting and totally relatable, this was a lovely movie with something for all.