Largely shot in lingering close-ups, with an atmospheric score by Ryan Lott of the band Son Lux, there's a chilled, dreamy vibe to Paper Towns; less swooning than a Sofia Coppola film, but there's a similar coolness to it. Q's friendship with Radar and Ben - often insufferable in the book, but entertaining here - is a source of warmth and real chemistry, as are their budding relationships with Angela (Jaz Sinclair) and Lacey (Halston Sage). Though the marketing positions Delevigne and Wolff as co-stars, it's really Wolff's show, and his Q is a sympathetic, charming lead. The film slightly softens the novel's infamously sharp ending, while mostly retaining the story's warning of the dangers of putting people on a pedestal. Films about teens looking for love and acceptance may be well-trodden ground, but Paper Towns finds a fresher path to get there.
David Sugarman | @ShugZ