Title: Love, Simon
OH. MY. GOD. I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOVIE SINCE SEPTEMBER, WHEN I FIRST LEARNED IT WAS COMING OUT. (Aha, coming out.) I LAUGHED. I CRIED. I GOT BUTTERFLIES IN MY STOMACH AND I COULDN’T STOP SMILING. GO READ THE BOOK RIGHT NOW AND THEN GO WATCH THE MOVIE. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
I want to watch Love, Simon again right now. I’m definitely going to see it again next weekend! It was so amazing, and almost exactly like the book! They changed a couple things and left out a couple things entirely, but it all worked perfectly. Wow. I wish I could just pour all my thoughts into the computer because there are so many things I want to talk about and I’m afraid I’m going to forget them all. So, as always, I’m sorry if it’s a bit of a mess.
Let’s try doing this in chronological order. I walked into the movie theater and the first thing I saw was a huge poster for Love, Simon that said, “Dear moviegoers, please form a line at the concessions. It doesn’t have to be straight.” which is literally perfect!!! And then the movie starts and I’m smiling and OH MY GOD SIMON’S ROOM. Can I please have it?? It has a chalkboard wall in a nook that fits his bed perfectly, and a desk and a bookshelf with The Upside of Unrequited on it (which, if you didn’t know, is also by Becky Albertalli).
I love how the emails worked in the movie, and I love how each time Simon thinks of Blue as someone different, we see Blue as a different person too. I was a little confused about this at first, but caught on after a little while.
I do wish Alice had been in the movie, and the talent show and the end after the talent show, but this ending was super perfect too. My friend said this about the ending and I totally agree: in language classes when writing stories, we’re always told to make the ending the beginning with the changes to the character’s normal life the story has made happen, and in this movie you could see that and it really worked and I loved it! SPOILER: At the beginning of the movie, Simon picks up Nick, Leah, four iced coffees, then Abby on the way to school, and at the end, he picks up Nick, Leah, five iced coffees, Abby, and Bram. UNSPOILER! AND IT WAS SO CUTE. LITERAL COUPLE GOALS HAPPENING IN THIS MOVIE I CAN’T STAND IT!!!! I was a little relieved the bar scene wasn’t in the movie, it would have been too much second-hand embarrassment.
The friendship between the characters was so perfect, and in a live video on Instagram, I found out that parts of the movie were actually just the actors being friends between takes, which is super awesome (like the part where they’re dancing in the car).
SPOILER: Also, I wish they hadn’t made Leah be in love with Simon. I wish they’d stuck with Nick. It would have been simpler and less sad, in my opinion. Although I forget if it’s even said directly in the book that Leah likes Nick, or if it’s just the impression you get? Hopefully, though, it’s Nick. There are definitely hints about it in the book, and it really doesn’t make sense about the whole Leah not liking Abby thing if it’s not Nick. UNSPOILER!
Mrs. Albright was totally awesome, and I just have to say that the vice-principal reminded me of Michael Scott from The Office.
One more thing I wish was in the movie is how Simon is a Harry Potter fan. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, as you probably all know, and I love it when it’s mentioned in other books! The least they could have done was have him still dress as a Dementor for Halloween. I feel like that was a big part of Simon’s character, being a fanboy of Harry Potter, and I was really excited to see it on-screen.
The characters and actors were so perfect I really wanted to be friends with them too, and pretty much the whole movie was even better than I expected. It really reflected the book well and I think they did a really, really good job on it. I also think it’s so great that this movie is here and so huge because it’s the first movie I’ve heard of where the main character is gay and that’s the focus of the whole story. It’s just all so realistic and perfect. I wonder how many times I’ve said perfect in this review. Probably a lot.