Paper Towns – film review

Paper Towns

Starring: Matt Wolff, Cara Delevingne and more.

Directed by: Jake Schreier

Summary from Rotten Tomatoes:

Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears–leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving.Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship–and true love.

I have a confession to make: I wasn’t the biggest fan of John Green’s Paper Towns.

Shock. Gasp. Horror. Hear me out. I read both Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns back to back and I had to say that I enjoyed the former more. Not only that, Looking for Alaska is my favourite John Green book of all time, so naturally, Paper Towns seemed duller less original in comparison. Paper Towns was a movie I was by no means excited to see (even if Cara Delevingne is a queen and I adore her). I looked forward to the confirmed casting of Looking for Alaska (something I’m sure I’ll make a post about when it happens) more than the film, if I’m being frank.

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent – film review

Insurgent || Film || 19th March 2015 ||  Shailene WoodleyTheo James, Ansel Elgort, || Directed by Robert Schwentke

Summary from Rotten Tomatoes:

INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

I went into this movie with pretty low expectations. I didn’t like many of the trailers as the technology in them put me off and the story as a whole felt different. I really wanted to be proven wrong. I really did. I want this film series to do well because divergent is one of my favourite books and I thought the first film was absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, Insurgent felt incredibly underwhelming.

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Mockingjay: Part 1 – film review

Mockingjay || Part 1 || Film || 20th November 2014 || Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth || Directed by Francis Lawrence 

I don’t think many of us need an explanation as to what Mockingjay is about as I’m pretty sure it’s one of, if not the most anticipated movies of the year. But here’s a little summary anyway (from here):

Things are heating up in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ as Katniss Everdeen gets swept up in the revolution against the Capitol.

Led by the maniacal President Snow, the autocratic Capitol is churning out political propaganda in an effort to quell the bubbling rebellion in the districts. Meanwhile, Katniss is holed up in the mysterious District 13, where she has become a symbol of the revolution.

As a whole, no matter what I’ve written down below, I think Mockingjay: Part 1 was a fantastic film if I could I would go to the cinema and watch it again. It was visually beautiful, the acting top notch and the score was incredible. I definitely recommend going to see it on the big screen. Continue reading

THE BOOK THIEF – film review

The Book Thief || Film || October 3rd 2013 || Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson || Directed by Brian Percival

The Book Thief is film based on an international best-seller by Markus Zusak by the same name. It’s about a book-stealing girl in Narzi Germany and her new life at her new foster home after her mother is taken away and her brother dies. Narrated by death himself, the story is faithful most of the time to the most important aspects of the book.

To see my book review for The Book Thief click here but in short: I thought this book was  masterpiece and it is definitely at the top with my all-time favourite reads. I saw the movie the same day I finished the book so I could experience the translation of book to movie with all the details still fresh in my mind. In the end, for me it’s all in the details.

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