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|Genre:||Drama, Romance, Comedy|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 110 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years]|
As children Quentin (Nat Wolff) and the neighbour daughter Margo (Cara Delevigne) were inseparable friends. But then they drifted apart. While Quentin could only adore Margo from afar and spent time with his buddies Ben (Austin Abrams) and Radar (Justice Smith), she became one of the most popular girls at school. But one night Margo is about to graduate from Quentin's room and asks him to help her with a very special revenge action. For the reserved Quentin, who has never done anything illegal before, a more than adventurous night begins, in which his feelings for Margo are intensified once more. He's sure now that she's the one. But his feeling of happiness does not last, because Margo does not come to school the next day. She's disappeared and no one knows where she is. For Quentin it is clear: he has to find Margo and confess his love to her. All he has to do is follow the tracks she likes to leave behind. And that's the start of a last exciting road trip for Quentin and his friends on the stony road to adulthood - a journey that Quentin has already been destined to take. But Margo has always been good for a surprise...
After the great success of the film adaptation of John Green's bestseller "Das Schicksal ist ein mieser Verräter" the producers and scriptwriters have now dedicated themselves to another work by the successful author. "Margo's Tracks", Green's third novel, is a charming coming-of-age story that uses a refreshing love story to observe three friends on their way to adulthood. Dramaturgically, the whole thing seems very constructed and the character of the mysterious puzzle lover Margo somewhat overdrawn. Moreover, the road trip of the friends is enriched with some unnecessarily rough jokes, which seem somewhat out of place in the otherwise rather reserved staging. But even though the emotional power of "Das Schicksal ist ein mieser Verräter" isn't nearly reached and the movie has a lot of ups and downs as well as some bumpy downs, it can be regarded as very well done.
That's partly because of the good original. The story, even though, as already said, it seems a bit constructed, is simply very nice, especially since the resolution is pleasingly lifelike and deviates from the expectations of the audience. Also, the good interplay of engaging pictures and catchy soundtrack makes sure that not only younger viewers get access to the story, but also like to overlook its small weaknesses. But the greatest strength of the film is its cast. Even though the marketing is primarily tailored to it-girl Cara Delevigne, Nat Wolff is clearly the star of the film. Wolff, who already stole the show from his co-stars in his small role in "Das Schicksal ist ein mieser Verräter" (Fate is a Bad Betrayer), is convincing as a teenager in love who just doesn't want to accept that the world changes as soon as you grow up. He loves Margo and the memories of a happy childhood that he associates with her. While searching for Margo, he realizes how much the lives of his best friends are changing as they get involved and don't chase after an unattainable dream. And Quentin reacts to this in exactly the same way as a young person hopelessly in love with an ideal image does.
It is such well observed and credibly implemented character developments that make "Margo's Tracks", despite all its weaknesses, a very good youth film that best serves its target group (primarily girls between 14 and 19 years). John Green seems to understand the young people he writes about as well as John Hughes ("Breakfast Club") once did in the 80s. And since those for whom this film is made are really well served, there is a deserved one for them: Worth seeing!
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