Baby Driver reminds me so much of 21 and that’s probably because of the “Spacey” connection and the whole thing about professional felons with an innocent guy in the mix.
I do like the overall feel of the film – its funky music and alert pacing mirroring Baby’s best asset. What I didn’t quite like is its story in general. It was unrealistic with flimsy dialogues especially coming from Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx.
On the plus side, I thought Ansel was amazing considering the awful script. The rest are cliche at best. I don’t mind recommending this at all. It’s got lovely music and Ansel’s face.
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez, John Hamm, Jamie Foxx, John Bernthal
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Paper Towns is the only book of John Green that I have not read, though I remember starting the first chapter of it last year but decided to drop it because I got emotionally exhausted after reading The Fault In Our Stars and Looking For Alaska consecutively so I thought I needed a John Green break. So when I decided to check this film out, I’ve nothing to compare it with and can look at it with no preconceived ideas or whatsoever.
The film follows Quentin helping her childhood friend Margo exact revenge to a friend who betrays her. The day after their mischief, Margo didn’t show up at school and is nowhere to be found. With clues left behind, Q along with his other friends embarks on a mission to find Margo, the girl he is still in love with.
I was actually ecstatic when I found out that Nat Wolff would be headlining Paper Towns because I loved his character in the film adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars. He’s got incredible charisma on screen and I thought he’d be perfect for another young adult book-to-movie adaptation but on a leading role this time. Then there’s the surprising addition of pseudo-supermodel Cara Delevingne. Not exactly a fan of Cara but I love her as a model.
I loved the direction director Jake Schreier (Robot & Frank) was trying to get into with this film but I kinda missed the point midway because I lost the connection from both Cara and Nat, more so with Cara I believe. She’s definitely no Shailene or even Kristen and she acts like she’s on a runway. Sorry for the comparison but it’s just bland, blank and I dunno – dull or any other synonyms of what I just mentioned. It was disheartening that I didn’t get much from her aside from her insistence of what she felt like all over the film – I’m like, girl get over it! Meanwhile, I was fawning all over Nat Wolff because this guy just outshined everyone in the film the way Woodley did it in The Fault In Our Stars. So it’s kind of a 50/50 like and not liking this film for me mainly because of the two main characters.
Sure, they have good chemistry but their acting prowess clearly was imbalance. What I probably enjoyed most about it though, was the almost magical feel of the film. There’s this subdued ambiance over the shots and even the dialogueswith characters deciphering the mysterious “Paper Towns” Schreier so meticulously crafted but aside from that, everything just fell flat.
This is a teenage movie after all – angsty but too contrived (at least for me) but would definitely work for its demographic.
Director: Jake Schreier
Cast: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Jaz Sinclair, Caitlin Carver, Tom Hillmann, Jim Coleman, Ansel Elgort
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Tagged Ansel Elgort, Austin Abrams, Caitlin Carver, Cara Delevingne, Film Review, Halston Sage, Jake Schreier, Jaz Sinclair, Jim Coleman, John Green, Justice Smith, Nat Wolff, Paper Towns, Tom Hillmann
After raving so much about the book, it made me anxious and uber-excited anticipating the release of the film and I thank my lucky stars that I was able to score an invite for its advanced screening. Seriously, the wait was just about to kill me! The story is centered on sixteen-year-old cancer patient Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she meets Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. From there, they were inseparable that even led to Augustus granting Hazel’s wish to meet the author of her favorite book, flying them both to Amsterdam.
I honestly didn’t set too many expectations prior to seeing this. I mean, the book was one of the best reads I’ve had recently and I didn’t want to spoil the whole experience if the movie didn’t live up to its promise. Fortunately, the movie didn’t disappoint. From the onset of the film, I was already grinning from ear to ear and midway through it until the end – I think I was one of the viewers bawling like a 12 year-old girl whose puppy just got kicked!
I just really love how effective and succinct Shailene Woodley as Hazel. This girl could pull you into a corner and just be in awe of her emotional depth. It’s amazing how she’s able to make you smile and feel giddy about her and Gus (Ansel Elgort). At the latter part of the film, I was with her crying. I feel her pain and I feel her resolve. She truly connects in such a way that everyone could easily relate to. Ansel on the other hand was dreamy as Augustus Waters. He’s got a really good chemistry with Shailene and I think everyone sighed heavily (wishing they were Hazel) during the swing scene and that oh-so-well-rehearsed dinner. It was almost too much but it’s still awe-worthy. Shailene and Ansel intricately worn the characters of Hazel and Augustus to life that it’s almost difficult to let any one of them go.
It was also nice to note that Josh Boone who directed the film and Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber who wrote the screenplay decided to be subtle about their approach on one of the characters fate. For someone who hasn’t read this John Green novel, it was a bit surprising and heartbreaking at the same time.
Another wonderful thing about this adaptation is the fact that it goes beyond its target audience much like the book. It’ll destroy your emotion but keeps you on the ride at the same time. The Fault In Our Stars has one solid story that will probably rival Noah and Allie on a different kind of level – bittersweet yet there is acceptance. It was magnified in such a way that it does not really revolved on two cancer patients but rather the romance, the young love and that heartfelt loss and acceptance that will forever be in their hearts.
Director: Josh Boone
Based on the novel The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Lotte Verbeek, Willem Dafoe, Emily Peachey
Watch it nationwide on the big scree n on June 5, 2014.
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Tagged Ansel Elgort, Emily Peachey, Film Review, John Green, Josh Boone, Laura Dern, Lotte Verbeek, Michael Weber, Mike Birbiglia, Nat Wolff, Neustadter, Sam Trammell, Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars, Willem Dafoe
Okay, so I just really need to share this one right here. I’ve read the book in a day and fell inlove with the characters right off. The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. [source]
I mean, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort just have that chemistry you cannot fault! Ofcourse, you probably know now that they played siblings in Divergent and who would’ve thought that they would look really good together? I can tell by now that this would be a cry-fest. And in case that you have not read the book, please take the time to do so – it’s very short so you’d finish it quick. It’s a shame that Manila will have a month delay of showing this! Boo!!!! Anyway, enjoy the trailer you guys…