Love, Simon: non-spoiler review
Love, Simon (based on the Becky Albertalli book Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda) is a heartfelt movie with lots of laughs and lots of tears. It’s so beautiful, somehow both cheesy but still feels realistic. I sobbed in the movie, about five or six times (I’m a big movie cryer) because I saw myself in Simon and have been through things that he has, and know many people who have as well. This movie is great, but it’s also important. Slowly and surely there is more representation in movies and books, and Love, Simon was a hit, not only did it have a diverse and well represented cast and characters, but it was a teen movie, a not too serious, heart warming and emotional movie made for teenagers because we’re not all white middle class straight cis kids, we are real and diverse and wonderful, this movie showed all of that and more.
Simon is represented so well as someone who is trying to come out, also as a fellow queer I vouch for falling in love with anyone else you think even might be queer. Just a sweet little snippet of relatable.
The pacing was excellent, I could feel the progression of the story, not entirely suspenseful, but still left me at the edge of my seat wanting more. Everything is told fluidly and well, keeping the story clear and in focus. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, it wasn’t packed full of information and revolving parts, but you got the sense that there were many layers to it.
The characters were all unique and interesting, they were cookie-cutter perfect with depicting the books characters. The only character I wasn’t too enthused about is Leah, she felt a bit flat and I didn’t like how they changed her having a crush on Nick to having a crush on Simon. It also heart a lot more when I saw her heart crushed 🙁 Abby was perfect and quirky and then there’s Martin. Oh giddy my god Martin was so annoying. I don’t know how they managed to write him into that little annoying twit but it was perfect.
Overall I thought this movie was incredible and the foot in the door for new teen queer movies to come! I am also VERY excited for Leah on the Offbeat and hopefully she gets her own movie too! Fingers crossed!