Movie: Love, Simon
Director: Greg Berlanti
Based on: Becky Alberalli book “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
My Rating: 5/5
About the movie: Since I already reviewed the book, and the movie doesn’t deviate too far from it, let’s just recall the basics. One day a guy from Simon’s school posts an anonymous message on their local tumblr, about having to keep a secret: he’s gay. Simon hurries to make himself a new email address and write him, a boy who calls himself Blue. For Simon too has to keep this very same secret. Their emails soon turn into friendship, and Simon realizes he developed a crush and is falling in love with this boy he knows so well, and yet is unaware of the real identity. Through the movie we get to watch his speculations of who could he be. Yes, it’s cute. But then one day Simon forgets to log out of the school computer email, and his class mate finds the emails. He decides it to be a good enough currency and starts blackmailing Simon: help him get a date with his friend, and he won’t put them on public tumblr. After all, Simon doesn’t want to out Blue, right?
My opinion: The movie is a great example of what it’s like to not have a choice in the say of coming out. I loved Simon’s parents for it, how they handled everything, took the talks when he approached them, and how they owned up for anything that was out of the line. Those two deserve their own movie, and that father deserves a medal.
The story doesn’t go too far anywhere in the story away from the book. Some things got saturated, some things got taken out, other things got changed a little. It all works for the best, truly. Like the Halloween party scene. The one in the book made me cringe: where the fk was his friends? Why and how did he end up at the table with the people he ended up with? Thank all the damn forces in the world that those were decent fellas, and this was not a straight club, and Simon was not a girl, because bloody hell, not in our society, no, you don’t lose your drunk friends like that, ever. In the movie Simon got hammered in the party itself and made his way home with one of his girl friends. His parents made an epic remark about him being drunk, and them being good parents, and it worked great. I liked the color saturation on blackmailing too, it was easier to understand and process of what’s going on, and why people don’t communicate.
So, all in all, I loved it to bits. If you don’t feel like reading the book, movie is definitely enough. Please enjoy, 5 out of 5 from me.