Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff in "Paper Towns." (Michael Tackett/20th Century Fox/TNS)

Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff in “Paper Towns.” (Michael Tackett/20th Century Fox/TNS) Courtesy of MCT Campus

By Melissa Perez, Staff Writer

Theaters everywhere had their seats packed with couples, teens, and fans of John Green to watch the premiere Paper Towns, an adaption of aforementioned author’s novel. There is a presumption of the film due in part to the trailer to lead people to believe that a shy boy named Quentin (Nat Wolff) goes on a thrilling journey to chase after his one true love, Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne), an adrenaline junkie with no regards to consequences. In a way the plot is exactly that, however, the film is not about Quentin’s attempt at a romantic gesture.

After the opening credits, Quentin calls Margo his miracle and expresses how he loves her because she is so daring. Quentin and the citizens in the town speak of Margo as if she is a living legend; that she traveled with a circus and toured across the country with a band. Quentin admires her from afar. More specifically, his bedroom window that is directly across from Margo’s window. From his bedroom window he observed Margo and her many adventures she would embark on while he lived a dull and safe life behind his window pane.

Quentin’s quiet life is changed forever when Margo spontaneously climbs into his bedroom window and convinces him to join her in a revenge quest that she says is to, “right some wrongs, wrong some rights.” After a night of breaking into homes and vandalism; the two characters build a connection. Just as Quentin’s life seems more interested on a relationship with Margo. Margo vanishes from the town.

In the wake of her disappearance, Margo leaves behind a heartbroken Quentin, who is left to go through the motions of his dull life, as well as the handful of individuals known to him. Lacy who is Margo’s best friend is presumed by others as just a mindless pretty girl. Quentin’s best friends Radar who has a strained relationship with his girlfriend Angela, and Ben who just wants to achieve true love.
Quentin is able to string a handful of clues together to deduce Margo’s mysterious location, the paper town of Algoe, New York. Quentin, Ben, Radar, Angela, and Lacy jump into Quentin’s van and take off in a cross country expedition in search of Margo. On this road trip to find the aloof and extraordinary Margo, the handful of adolescents find themselves on the way.

Radar and Angela find trust and their true feelings for one another. Ben finds Lacy, Lacy finds Ben, who loves her for her. Quentin does find Margo. He finds out the truth that Margo Roth Spiegelman is not as adventurous herself or his salvation, but is just a girl. Quentin also finds confidence in himself. He realizes how big the world is and all the possible adventures in it. In all honesty the film was not anything special, just a new take of the typical teenager’s journey of self discovery.

The Torch gives this film a 5/10.