Friday, March 23

Film Friday: Love, Simon


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Love, Simon is a light and sweet coming-of-age story with the twist that Simon is not just coming of age, he's coming out. It is very much reminiscent of the John Hughes films of the eighties and I mean that as a compliment. Based on the book Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda,(which I loved and definitely recommend), the film stays fairly loyal to its source material with only minor changes.  




There are plenty of laughs and a couple of moments that aren't necessarily tear-inducing, but my eyes got a little misty and I welled up a little bit. 
Simon makes us genuinely care for him, and to genuinely root for him as if he is someone we know. The ending is a bit cliché and probably takes the furthest steps from the book, but in context of the movie, it at least makes sense and itsn't over-the-top ridiculous. 
While the performances didn't call for Oscar level commitments to character or scene, the acting was solid, and I do think everyone came across as true. Nick Robinson has been on the way up for a few years now and this movie solidifies his future as a lead actor. It wasn't necessary to have Jennifer Garner play the mom, since it is a small role, but perhaps her star power helped the film get made and - as anyone with an electronic device can attest to - advertised the hell out of. (Smart move, 20th Century Fox. Smart move, indeed.) 


Heads Up: Language. 

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6 comments :

  1. I don't think I have heard of this movie before... but that happens to me a lot, ha. My husband and I have the movie pass thing, and we were on the way to the theater (and on the way I mean parking the car) when I asked, wait, what movie are we seeing? lols. Even after telling me I was like, huh, ok, I have no idea what that movie is. (Game Night: which is hilarious by the way).

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    1. Oh my god I didn't realize it's been that long since I've done anything blog related.
      I usually forget during the trailers...half an hour of ads for other movies and I'm like "uh, what are seeing again?"

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  2. watch32 movies - I only have two words for this movie, and like above, it's Thank You!! i don't understand what this movie did to me, to my heart, to my life, but i can assure it was something amazing. the love story spoke directly to me and i honestly had no idea how much i needed this love story. it's not about finding yourself, it's about how to tell the world who you are. it's modern, it's timeless. which is why i tremendously related to this movie. most lgbt movies are about the struggles about coming out, not finding yourself, the negatives once you do find yourself and i loved and appreciated all those other movies but this was the first mainstream movie where he was comfortable with who he was he just needed a time and a place to tell the world his secret. hearing the entire sold-out audience in my missouri town explode into cheers, screams and clap made my heart warm up more than it has ever in any other movie. no complaints, this movie was perfect. i cannot wait to finally be able to buy it on itunes and watch it every night. the acting was a 10/10. the changes from the book all worked perfectly and made the story flow better. the high school atmosphere was spot on. again, thank you greg. thank you thank you thank you. i'm writing this on a tuesday right after getting home from my FIFTH viewing of this movie (once daily since the friday night release) i love you: love, simon.
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    1. Hi! Sorry it has taken me so long to reply to your comment; I was on a bit of a blogging hiatus.
      But thank you so much for the comments and yes, I agreed with you that this movie was AMAZING! I loved the book, loved the movie. I live in a pretty conservative town and I was so thrilled to see how well this movie did in our theaters and how much genuine laughing and cheering and joy this movie brought.

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