Coming of age stories are always a delight to see but the genre has been done over and over again, and plots have become all but too bland. Then along came “Love, Simon”. The film is yet another entry in the genre but this time, it is centered on the growth of a gay character that moviegoers are sure to fall in love with after the first few minutes of the flick.
First off, for those who don’t know yet, the movie “Love, Simon” is based on a young adult novel titled “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli which was released in 2015. Since its release, the book has garnered tons of good reviews – in fact, it’s one of the novels that are well-loved by many. That being said, it really deserves to be given a chance to premiere on the big screen. However, for those who have been loving the novel, it seems a bit scary for a novel to be given a break on the big screen as not all of those movie adaptations work really well. Even so, I can say that this movie adaptation is just as good as the novel even if there are some things that they changed in the movie.
Book vs. Movie
It’s normal to see differences between the book and the movie adaptation and such changes could make or break the storyline. In the movie adaptation, “Love, Simon,” indeed, they made several changes – they omitted some characters like Leah’s friends and one of Simon’s sisters, Alice, and added a new character, Vice Principal Worth (played by Tony Hale) and those changes kind of affected the storyline a bit. In spite of that, the changes made still did justice to the storyline. As a matter of fact, the changes added a more excellent chemistry with the characters and made the storyline even better – just like Vice Principal Worth’s character that gave an extra amount of fun and laughter in the movie.
Even if there were storylines and characters that were flat out missing in the movie adaptation, it still does not disappoint as it’s still is well-written. The way the lines were written and delivered feels relatable and doesn’t feel like it’s forced.
The characters were also nicely portrayed by the actors and actresses in the movie, especially Nick Robinson. Playing the main character, Simon, Nick also did justice to his character. He perfectly channeled Simon with his seemingly painfully real acting which would make everyone easily relate to him. Alexandra Shipp’s portrayal is applause-worthy as well. She’s full of personality which gave more life to the movie.
It’s a great movie to watch, all in all. It’s a teen romance film that’s from a perspective of a gay man and such type of movie is really something that we don’t get to see often in theaters. On top of that, even if the movie revolves around a closeted gay who struggles to come out to his friends and family, it’s still a must-watch even for those who are straight as it’s still relatable and enjoyable.