Just how crazy was Cara Delevingne on the ‘Paper Towns’ set?

25 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Paper Towns’ Author John Green: Film Soundtrack is the Perfect ‘Summer Album’.

The British model wasn’t hand-picked by studio executives for her lead role in “Paper Towns,” which opened this weekend. Like The Fault in Our Stars, the movie adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns is decently faithful to its source material, but there are quite a few changes (as always happens).’Paper’ stars Nat Wolff as Quentin, who is fascinated with his neighbor Margo (Cara Delevingne) and who convinces his friends to help him find Margo when she disappears.After three months of noisy, wearying, empty-headed blockbusters, it’s tempting to overpraise a smaller romantic dramedy that tries to do something different.Paper Towns hit theaters across America on Friday, making teens across the country yearn for adventure from the sad storyline based off John Green’s young adult novel and delivering a road trip-ready soundtrack Green called the perfect “summer album.” The movie is about a young girl, Margo, befriending a shy high school boy, Quentin, and having him help her play pranks on her enemies.

But Jake Schreier’s deeply mediocre “Paper Towns” — chronicling the adventures of a privileged white suburban teenager nudged out of his narrow comfort zone by a manic-depressive pixie dream girl — doesn’t venture much beyond its own young-adult comfort zone. Part mystery story, part road movie, and part pre-prom graduation romp, the film is most interesting as a perspective on adolescence in which all the girls are more mature, nervy, and perceptive than any of the boys, who have some catching up to do if they’re to have a chance with any of them. She appears in four more films expected to be released this year, including “Pan.” She plays DC Comics villain-slash-heroine Enchantress in the dark “Suicide Squad,” out next summer, then co-stars with Dane DeHaan in director Luc Besson’s big-budget sci-fi film “Valerian.” “The whole thing has been a joy ride.

Here he’s Quentin Jacobson, a straight-A student whose childhood crush and neighbor Margo Spiegelman — a paper-thin character played by model and It girl du jour Cara Delevingne — walks in through his Orlando window one night nearly a decade after their lives drifted apart. The Paper Towns soundtrack combines pop and alternative artists like Vance Joy, Haim, Saint Motel, Vampire Weekend and Grouplove to set the mood for each important moment in the film and the characters’ lives.

In the movie it’s never mentioned, Green even acknowledged it on YouTube, saying “no one was anxious to pay Sea World for the chance to give them good publicity.” In the book Radar is a very high level editor at a Wikipedia-like site called Omnictionary, and spends a considerable amount of time removing spam from entries. Best friends and partners in crime as young kids, they’ve grown apart since Margo became popular, so it comes as a jolting surprise to Q, as he’s known, when Margo shows up in his bedroom late one night shortly before the end of the school year and dares him to take her out in his parents’ car.

He told Billboard that music supervisor Season Kent would send mixtapes to the crew while they were shooting, so they could pick out the ones they liked the most. “It’s always just about finding the right music for the scene,” Schreier told Billboard at a Paper Towns live-streaming event last week. “What was nice was at the end Nat [Wolff], who plays Quentin, went home and wrote a song a week after we stopped shooting. And I think that’s probably something Cara can also relate to.” Indeed, Delevingne says that while the promotional grind of releasing a movie isn’t so different from modeling — plenty of posing for photographers — she’s intrigued by the media megaphone provided by movie stardom. “It’s a platform for me to be honest and to talk about issues and stuff that I think is important,” she said on the red carpet at a Los Angeles “Paper Towns” screening attended by modeling friends Kendall and Kylie Jenner. She won’t specify the reasons but breaks down his wimpy resistance merely by saying, “Basically, this is going to be the best night of your life.” Margo’s agenda is to extract revenge on her cheating boyfriend, which she does, with some reluctant help from Q, in prankishly creative ways.

After Margo has visited sufficient humiliation and discomfort on her ex, she and Q end up in a high-rise looking down on Orlando at night, which puts her in a philosophical mood: it’s “a paper town with paper people,” she observes. More than an hour drags by before he hits the road in his mother’s SUV with his best buds, horny Ben (Austin Abrams) and nerd Radar (Justice Smith), along with Radar’s new and very patient girlfriend Angela (Jaz Sinclair) and the insecure Lacey (Halston Sage), who’s replaced Margo as their high school’s queen bee. That is until the anticlimactic reappearance of Margo, basically a watered-down version of the character Gwyneth Paltrow played in “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Chastely playing it safe, “Paper Towns” is pleasant if derivative entertainment that makes the recent “Me & Earl & The Dying Girl” — and virtually the entire John Hughes canon — look positively cutting edge. I like the way the music carries some of the emotion.” But before the cast had the soundtrack to jam out to on set, actress Halston Sage said they had to find a way to transport themselves back to their high school days.

Sage said Wolff would DJ on his iPhone in between takes for the crew, but the song that really got the actors in-character was the Killers’ “Human.” “It came came out around the time we were in school, and it brought us back to that mindset and age,” Sage said. “It was also just really fun to scream at the top of our lungs.” The car crash blows out a tire, so they have to wait for a few hours for help, during which time Radar and Angela have a very special moment together (read: have sex). Despite pretty flimsy evidence, Q manages to convince his pals that they should drop everything and join him on a drive all the way to New York state, where he is certain Margo’s hiding in a true “paper town” (a term for nonexistent communities created by map-makers to thwart plagiarizers). Then they all confront her about her disappearance, Margo is kind of (read: really) mean to Lacey, everyone leaves except Quentin, and then the two duke it out over everything, including his obsession with her and idealization of her (they end up staying the night).

For entirely accidental reasons, “Paper Towns” will receive an enormous amount of unintended notoriety based on an incidental sequence that touches upon some major ongoing news. It isn’t until they’re all back in the van, however, that he unfolds the T-shirt to discover the Confederate flag splashed across it along with the phrase “Heritage Not Hate.” He laughs about it and merely turns it inside-out before putting it on. By the end, nearly all the story’s questions, mysteries, and dilemmas have been neatly answered and tied up, with just a dash of melancholy and a hint of maturity added to the mix as life moves on. The affable sincerity of the cast helps, led by the likably open performance by Wolff, whose Quentin becomes visibly aware of how much growing he’s still got to do. First, although Margo and Quentin still find the the dead guy at the beginning as kids and she says “all the strings in him broke,” she never repeats that as a teenager.

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