Paper Towns

DRAMA; 1hr 49min

STARRING: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne

Dream girl: Delevingne with Wolff

It’s easy to see why conservative Orlando high-school senior Quentin (Wolff) has been besotted with his bewitching neighbour, Margo Roth Spiegelman (Delevingne), since he was a kid. Not only is Margo effortlessly gorgeous (which anyone who has followed Delevingne’s starry modelling career knows) but she’s a fearless catalyst who rewrites mundane reality. So when Margo disappears after a night of shared daredevilry, Quentin can’t let her go. Following her obscure clues, he takes his nerdish sidekicks Ben and Radar (Austin Abrams and Justice Smith), Margo’s best friend, Lacey (Halston Sage), and Radar’s girlfriend, Angela (Jaz Sinclair), for a road trip on which they will variously rediscover themselves.


Those are the bones of the beast, deftly directed by Jake Schreier (Robot & Frank) and filled out by a happily matched cast who seem to be having the time of their young lives. But being that it’s adapted from the 2008 novel by The Fault  in Our Stars author John Green, Paper Towns is also a bittersweet round-up of childhood friendships, the tunnel vision of first love and those fleeting years when every ambition feels within reach.