Thanks to Jaz @ Fiction in Fiction in Fiction, I was lucky enough to attend the Australian premiere of Paper Towns, last Sunday. It was crazzzzy town when we arrived at the red carpet event, there was so many tweens screaming their heads off because guess what … CARA DELEVIGNE WAS THERE.
In the flesh.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a great photo of her, and we ended up sitting in the very last row of the theatre … but just being in the same area was enough. My kween. <3 <3
She was flawless of course, wearing a beautiful Dion Lee teal green dress that made her look like a mermaid. And she was just so down-to-earth and happy to be there surrounded by fans — seriously this girl is flawless. I wish I was lucky enough to have gotten a selfie with her 🙁
Cara helped open Paper Towns to the cinemas, had a brief interview on stage and then made the whole cinema get up so she could film a dub smash. It was actually pretty hilarious seeing everyone from the tweens to older men waving their arms in the air and then freezing at a certain point in the song.
Sadly, Cara left soon after that as we were going over time. But you know what, I’m just glad I had the chance to breathe the same air as her. #creepy
Cara Delevigne, Nat Wolff
In cinemas 16th July 2015
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Paper Towns was one of those movies where I didn’t pay all that much attention to (I know, I know – what kind of blogger are you?!). I honestly didn’t have the time to read the book, and had only watched the trailer one or two times. It looked good — but it wasn’t something that I was fangirling over day in, day out.
I went into the movie with no expectations — you see, I was one of the minority when it came to TFIOS, I found the movie so much better than the book — but I had a feeling that it would be quite good regardless. John Green’s writing is not exactly right for me. It’s a little too flowery and doesn’t exactly stand out. His books do not exactly scream at me to pick them up, despite their popularity. Perhaps that’s it, the hype just never quite meet my expectations when it comes to his books.
But you know what, this is the second movie adaption of a John Green book that I’ve seen, and I must say … they really, really good. Like, SO GOOD. The cinematography is well done, the casting choices feel pretty spot on (the actors actually LOOK like teenagers), and the screenwriting? It’s absolutely amazing because it’s not over the top John Greeny. Does that even make sense?
I feel like all the boring parts are removed from the script so only the important parts are focussed on.
You know when you wish when certain parts in a book was removed? Well that’s what’s great about these adaptations — they do just that. And Paper Towns was an absolute delight to watch.
I might be a little bias here but Cara was an absolute stunner. She played the enigmatic Margot Roth Spiegelman amazingly, and I was sad that she didn’t actually have all that much screen time. Despite that, she played the role of the mysterious — yet lost — girl wonderfully.
However, the standout star of the movie would have to be Nat Wolff’s Q. In love with Margot since childhood, Q finally sees a chance to show Margot his true feelings on the eve of her disappearance. He’s the last person to have seen her, having spent the night with Margot pulling a series of revenge acts on the people that have betrayed her.
When though she’s gone, she had a strong hold over Q, and this seems to heighten when he discovers a series of clues that she’s left behind for him to find her. Q and his best friends embark on a final road trip to find Margot Roth Spiegelman — a final journey together before they all go their separate ways to college.
Paper Towns was a movie that captivated my attention from beginning to end. I loved the friendships, the quirkiness of the characters, and the overarching message of the film. Actually, there were several; in order to find yourself, you have to open up yourself to new experiences; don’t throw away your friendships for anyone; enjoy the moment, it’s only there once; and not every story ends with a happily ever after.
I really like that last one because it highlights just how realistic the story is. Kudos to John Green for understanding and showcasing life’s realities in such a prominent way.
Overall a very, very good movie, and one that will definitely keep fans and newbies hooked till the end.
Paper Towns is in cinemas on the 16th July 2015 across Australia.