Love, Simon (2018)

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I sat down to view this film. I didn’t know if it would be riddled with cliches or something completely original. I think they did a great job with both. The movie follows Simon Spiers, a high
school student who is a closeted homosexual to everyone. He finds out that there is another closeted gay at the school and reaches out to them thru email. I won’t kill the entire movie, well, I’ll try not to kill the entire movie.

Plot 3/5

Love, Simon is nicely paced and not to hard to understand. It’s set up within the first 5 minutes exactly what the conflict will be, who will get hurt during the process, an unrealistic narrative to back the stereotypes, and some really great music. Yeah that’s right, I love the soundtrack.

It’s hard to ignore the feels that I get watching this movie. It’s the euphoric feeling of nostalgia seeing how friends interact and how much fun it was being an oblivious teen when the obvious was right in your face. (SPOILER: THE GIRL FROM 13 REASONS WHY TOTALLY LOVES SIMON AND HE DOESN’T REALIZE IT).

Overall, I like the movie but it’s just so cliche. Everything about is so YA fiction that I had to google if this was based off a book and sure enough… I haven’t read the book so I will only base my opinion on the movie. It’s worth the watch but not so much big screen worthy. It would have been a great Netflix Original, though. It’s a good coming-of-age story but how many of those do we have?

Visual 2.5/5

The movie is shot pretty average. Nothing is over the top or really stands out in the movie that I would consider breathtakingly beautiful. If I’m wrong, please correct me. I’m not trashing the visuals because everybody works so hard and the acting is “believable” from what I know of teenagers, maybe? I don’t know but I do know that I’ve seen this movie 8 times as of right now and meh…

Score 2/5

I think that when films are set under the YA coming of age section, they just use music instead of the millions of talented composers in the world. I mean, you have Rob Simonsen at the healm and you’re not going to let him be great, just average! See, I’m starting to think this is YA and not all films. I had to Google who the composer was because the score just did nothing for me but they did have some great music in the movie soooo, plus? Yahh?

Rating: 2/5 ⭐️⭐️


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