Paper Towns Movie Review

Originally I planned to do one of my typical Book vs. Movie posts for Paper Towns, but it’s been so long that I’ve read the book that I couldn’t remember the details even if I wanted to. Instead you’re getting a simple movie review (with Spoiler-free and a Spoiler section)!

So, I got to watch the UK Preview Screening which did not just include the movie, but also footage from the Q&A that was done with John Green, Nat Wolff and Cara Delevigngne in June. They talked about their similarities with the characters, what the audience should take away from the movie and whether they ever did something as crazy as the road trip in the movie. It wasn’t very long, but it was the perfect way to start the movie.

Now, I don’t know how many of you read the book or watched the movie or just generally know the story, but this is like a little plot summary:

Ever since Margo Roth Spiegelman moved in next to Quentin, who everyone just calls Q, he’s been in love with her. But their lives developed differently and while Q made safe choices and led a fairly sheltered life, Margo threw herself into every possible adventure, becoming a myth herself in the progress.
We are in their Senior Year at High School and Q’s optimism for ever being part of Margo’s life again is low, until one night, when she enters through his bedroom window and makes him her revenge-plot-accomplice. The next day, Q has the feeling that everything has changed, but has to find out that Margo is gone. Now he has to decide whether he’ll continue his uneventful life or if he’ll go searching for her, following the little clues she’s left behind.

First, I want to say that Paper Towns is one of my favourite books of John Green. I know that a lot of people prefer Looking for Alaska, but in my opinion the books are very similar and I read Paper Towns first, so I have a feeling that that impacted my opinion. However, when I heard that the same people who adapted The Fault in Our Stars would do this movie, I was massively excited, because they did a great job with TFIOS. I wasn’t entirely sure about the casting, but ended up really liking everyone they picked! Cara is like a real-life Margo to me, Nat is perfect as Q and I never thought I cared that much about how the others looked but they were also a perfect fit! Especially Justice Smith and Austin Abrams had mad chemistry with their female counterparts as well as a strong bromance with Nat Wolff!

Another thing I absolutely loved was the Soundtrack! Again, the music (just like in TFIOS) was brilliant and I cannot stop listening to it. Whoever chooses the artists and songs, I applaud you!

Now, on to the not so great part. While I did really enjoy myself during the entire movie, it did not have the exact same vibe and emotional impact as the book. I get that they had to make changes and, as I mentioned above, I cannot remember it in that much detail anyway, so I don’t care about that. I liked the ending even though it’s supposedly different from the book, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I was really bothered by how quickly Q and the others figures out Margo’s clues. I do understand that the film might’ve been way too long if they showed the real struggle, but it seemed so easy. They found a clue and within a couple of minutes they knew what to do. From what I could remember those clues were so vague sometimes, Q racked his brain for days sometimes.

This is only a minor issue though and other than that I laughed a lot (who wouldn’t when Black Santas are involved) and generally enjoyed watching the friendship of everyone on screen evolve and grow. The road trip could’ve gone on forever if it were up to me!

SPOILER AHEAD!!!!!! DO NOT READ ON IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE MOVIE

I don’t really want to talk so much about the plot in the Spoiler-section as I want to talk about some cameos!
So, it was announced that John Green would have a cameo in the movie, but I didn’t see him. The thing is, you wouldn’t either. He doesn’t actually physically appear in the movie, he just voices the father of Becca’s father. That was not the cameo that nearly stopped my heart though. I read on Twitter that Ansel Elgort stopped by on set and now it all makes sense, but I did not even think about him being in the movie. I seriously started grinning from one ear to the other, I was so happy to see him.

SPOILER OFF 

All in all, I laughed, I almost cried and I really enjoyed the movie even though it has some flaws. People need to stop comparing it to TFIOS because of course those movies aren’t going to have the same emotional impact. One of them is about teenagers with a terminal illness, whereas the other movie is about not putting people on pedestals, taking risks and finding out who you are. What are your thoughts?

Eye Candy Season Finale

Seriously, people who are following me on Twitter know how obsessed I was with this show, live tweeting every week (and luckily getting retweeted by cast and crew) and generally getting way too emotional about it. Now the first Season is over and I want to recap/review the Season Finale of Eye CandySpoilers ahead!

I always get mad at shows with only ten episodes, because they last for such a short time, but on the other hand they are often more precise in their story arc than longer shows. Eye Candy (or rather MTV) really surprised me with barely having any bad episodes and mostly being on point and topic-related. Just as a little summary/reminder: Lindy, a hacker, starts working with the NYC Cyber Crimes Unit after it turns out one of her online dates is a serial killer. (That’s really the short, short version – click here to read my take on the Series Premiere!)

Now let’s talk about the finale:

  • The obvious elephant in the room first: Who would have thought that Jake is the flirtual killer? Just when I was about to semi-accept Jindy as a thing … Well, better him than Tommy. After getting a glimpse of Jake as a kid (adorable but disturbing), we find out more about his motivation behind killing and his obsession with Lindy. I think the voice-over of the killer (which I actually loved) just really threw me off his tracks. So, very well done, especially kudos to Ryan Cooper for the creepy acting in the last episode!
  • I just need a second to express my appreciation for Harvey Guillen as George. That guy is hilarious!
  • Connor probably wasn’t my favourite character this season, but I do feel sorry for him. His friends just keep dying – first his date, then Tessa and then Sophia has a close call. Let’s hope for a bit of a less eventful time for both of them to recover.
  • Now, last but not least, Lindy. She finally found a clue about her sister that might actually lead somewhere. I get why she left immediately, but I hate that Tindy is apart for now (just like Bellarke on the 100 – not cool!!). That last cyber farewell with Tommy was heartbreaking, because I truly love all their scenes together and I would have liked for them to have an actual conversation face-to-face. I am glad she forgave him, but I think he would have helped her in her search for Sara. He clearly stated that he would never stop looking for her and he even “stole” equipment from the Cyber Crimes Unit in order to help her, so her leaving is a bit pointless.

With the Sara-cliffhanger (Who was she afraid of? Who did she want to protect Lindy from?) I definitely want or rather I NEED another Season. I am desperately hoping ratings were good enough. I definitely loved it either way!

What were your thoughts on Eye Candy?

UPDATE 4/18/2015:

The show has been cancelled and I am devastated!!!

Eye Candy Series Premiere

MTV is really stepping up their TV show game by introducing darker and more intense series each season. Teen Wolf was already a bold step from their usual reality shows and they really hit the right tone with Finding Carter as well, but Eye Candy is something entirely different. Beware of Spoilers for the series premiere right ahead!

Eye Candy is based on the novels by R.L. Stine and follows Lindy, a young hacker, who, after her sister Sara got abducted, uses her skills to find missing people. She’s been in trouble with the police before, but needs their help after one of her online dates turns out to be a stalker and serial killer. The pilot episode is already a fast paced mix of action, drama, suspense and romance, which seems promising for the rest of the season. Of course there are some flaws, like the desperate need to look young and cutting edge, but the show was a lot better and more exciting that I expected. Here are some of my thoughts:

  • So, the casting is certainly debatable. Victoria Justice as the lead just really wouldn’t have been my top choice. Of course, she’s grown up since Nickelodeon‘s Victorious, but still, she’s just not the one I expect in a rather serious psychological thriller. In addition to that, the acting is sometimes mediocre, but somehow I can overlook that in MTV shows. Also, as I mentioned above, the cast is very young, good-looking and of course their characters are skilled in whatever they have to do. Real life isn’t like that, but who cares, it’s entertainment after all.
  • After Game of Thrones, people just aren’t that shocked when characters get killed off anymore, but I was surprised that Lindy’s love interest was murdered right in the first episode. I quite liked her dynamic with Ben and would have loved to find out more about their history. Maybe they’ll show it in flashbacks nonetheless.
  • I find it interesting that the serial killer gets his own voice over. Usually the psychopaths don’t get to tell their point of view.
  • The abduction scene with Sara was just odd. Why didn’t anyone of the other vehicle owners, who got Lindy stuck, help her sister? That whole storyline is a bit of a mystery to me. Why her? Why in broad daylight and at a drive-through? I guess we’ll find out at some point.

So, for now I definitely think I’ll continue watching the show, just because I am curious to see how it continues. From what I’ve seen in the promo, Lindy will start working with the cyber crime unit and have other cases next to the one about her stalker. Did you check it out as well? What was your first impression?