Paper Towns UK Film Review

August 23, 2015

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Young and shy Quentin (Nat Wolff) is in for the night of his life when Margo (Cara Delevingne), the most popular student in high school, recruits him to help her play mischievous pranks on the friends who betrayed her. The next day, however, the mysterious Margo is nowhere to be found. With help from a few buddies and some cryptic clues that she left behind, Quentin embarks on an obsessive mission to find the girl who stole his heart and made him feel truly alive.
As I stepped into the movie theatre, I could feel the air of excitement rush over me as over a hundred young people sat in anticipation for what was said to be the teen movie of the year. Released to rave reviews over in the United States, the whole screen sat through countless damn Compare the Meerkat advertisements in order to witness what was meant to be the best teen film since, well the last John Green movie. Except that wasn't what it turned out to be.
Talking with friends afterwards, we decided that it was overhyped as in reality, the book wasn't that good to begin with. Not that I've read the book, something which some will look down on me for, yet I believe that for me to give a proper review based on the film it would be better to be viewing the storyline with fresh eyes. And I did.
At times, the movie felt a little like a hair commercial, courtesy of Cara Delevingne's slow motion hair flicks and model like poses which were over exaggerated by the zoomed in camera angles and focus on her fluid body movements. Yet in some respects, I do believe that this attention to detail in the camera shots was what made the movie special. It felt curated rather than just filmed, but then at the same time because of this, the film didn't feel like it had a clear beginning, middle and ending, it just flowed through and before you knew it, the credits were rolling.
I did enjoy the friendship between the three boys, Quentin, Marcus and Ben - as did the whole cinema screen it seemed as there were a few laughs to be heard as Ben urinated and puked up in both a vase and a can whilst drunk, and I enjoyed the feel good vibe the film gave out yet I just don't know whether I loved it.
The storyline was enjoyable yet at the same time forgettable as it had few strands which needed to be tied up at the end as every part of the movie was focussed on finding the main character Margo - although this was the films purpose, it in some respects was its downfall also. Perhaps by having side storylines which weren't discussed once and never again would have improved the film.
I would probably give it a 6.5/10 as although the acting was good, it isn't a film I'd choose to buy on DVD unless it was in the bargain bins.
Have you seen Paper Towns? What did you think of it?
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Organisational Items I Can't Live Without

August 22, 2015

Personal Planner A5 Diary*
Casio Gold Digital Watch
IPod Nano
IPhone 4S
Primark Flower Tipped Earphones  
To be frank, my life is a mess at the moment. Ten thousand dreams, plans and momentous occasions are currently crammed and swimming around my mind at a hundred miles an hour as I begin to comprehend the change I am taking in my life in a matter of weeks. If it wasn't for the following items, I honestly would have no idea what I would be doing with my life - amid driving lessons, two jobs, collecting A Level results and organising life post compulsory education, I have also enjoyed days and evenings out with close friends and eaten so much good food - yet I still haven't got everything planned and sorted and that's where the products above come in handy.
I first featured my diary (from Personal Planner) in a post detailing the importance of writing your life to retain precious memories (you can read it here) and five months later the sheets of paper are still as prevalent in my life as they were when the post was written. As a child who was unable to stick to one notebook for too long, I am proud of myself for maintaining usage of this diary rather than throwing it into the back of a draw after the honeymoon period was over. The large pages with ample room to detail thoughts and plans are perfect for my adventure filled days, and though I hate to say it, the pink and white shaded pages allow me to maintain the perfect Tumblr aesthetic - something that obviously is important to me hahah *cowers in embarrassment*
As a teenage girl, I am expected to be glued to my mobile device at every moment, yet I love my IPhone for many reasons other than those that involve communication. Though the camera is shoddy and the battery life is abysmal, it's something that I can call mine as it is completely personalised to my very needs, even if that does mean I haven't done an 'important update' since I bought it and never will. My IPhone is there when I need music yet don't have access to my IPod - aka it's out of battery - and is ready to pounce if I find an Instagram ready landscape that is crying out to be photographed. My IPod on the other hand doesn't do anything apart from play music, which I adore as it means I can shut out the world for hours on end with a simple tap of the start button. I believe it has the capacity to upload photos - but who wants to see photos on a music player? Not me for sure.
So these are the items I use everyday to keep my life on track - are any of these similar to what you use? Tell me in the comments or tweet me your responses to @olivia_curls!
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