Important, relatable, anti-stereotype and all, but also cheesy, corny, and too bubbly. but you really can't make a film in this form to avoid those things, so this film is really for audiences who would enjoy this life-assuring kind of film. with that being said, i still have teary eyed at some scenes because i can relate to it to some extent but also combined with some cringeness attack because of the dialogue and all. could it better? i think it could, but that would kill the purpose of the film, so i'm glad that the film was made this way, but it's still not my thing.
Love, Simon (2018) 1080p YIFY Movie
Love, Simon (2018) 1080p
Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.
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The Synopsis for Love, Simon (2018) 1080p
A young coming-of-age tale about a teenage boy, Simon Spier, goes through a different kind of Romeo and Juliet story. Simon has a love connection with a boy, Blue, by email, but the only problem is that Simon has no idea who he's talking to. Simon must discover who that boy is--who Blue is. Along the way, he tries to find himself as well.
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Fulfil the purposeReviewed byCitizenKaneAAAAAVote: 6/10
Teen heartthrob Nick Robinson (the older brother from "Jurassic World") plays the eponymous hero who has a well-buried secret: he's gay. Growing up in Pleasantville (I almost expected someone to yell "Cat!" and the fire brigade turn up) he feels unable to come out to either his high-school friends or his loving family ("Apple pie cooling on the window-sill anyone?"). But striking up an email relationship with another closeted male from the same high school - nicknamed "Blue" - allows him to explore his feelings about his sexuality and fall in love all at the same time. But neither coming out or love run terribly smoothly for Simon...
I am forty years adrift from being able to directly relate to the stresses and strains of modern high-school life (though I AM still 17 on the inside people!) But even to me, this film doesn't feel like it should be set in the present day. While it needs to be for its tweeting and blogging story-line, surely there are few backwaters in either America or Western Europe where gay people have to stay so silent? An 80's or early 90's setting would, I think, have worked so much better. (Ironically, its not his gay-ness or otherwise that his friends get upset by, but something far more fundamental in the human condition).
That aside, this is a sweet and ultimately quite engaging film that I'm sure will be a big hit with a teenage audience. While for me it didn't come close to ticking all of the coming-of-age boxes that the inestimable "Lady Bird" did, it does cover old ground in a new and refreshing way, and I'm sure it WILL be very helpful for many gay people in getting the courage to come out. Times are different today, but I still can imagine few things requiring more bravery than declaring you are gay to your parents and closest friends (even though, deep down, they surely already suspect).
So, it's sweet, but also for me (although far from its target audience) rather flat. As a comedy drama, the moments of comedy are few and far between, with only one or two of the lines making me chuckle rather than smile. A quiet auditorium is not a good sign for a film with "Comedy" in its imdb description. It does however occasionally break through with something memorable: a full on college "La La Land" scene ("Not that gay" - LoL) is a case in point. And all of the scenes featuring comedy actress Natasha Rothwell as drama teacher Ms Allbright add much needed energy and humour to the film.
Of the teen actors, Robinson is fine but it is Katherine Langford as Simon's friend Leah who stood out for me. Talitha Eliana Bateman ("The 5th Wave"; looking a whole lot younger than her 16 years!) is also impressive as Simon's culinary sister Nora. Simon's parents are played by Jennifer Garner ("Dallas Buyers Club") and Josh Duhamel (a new one on me... he's been in the "Transformers" films apparently).
The screenplay is by movie virgins Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, and is a slightly patchy affair. There are scenes that worked well (a cringe inducing sports stadium scene for example) but other times where it seems to be trying too hard for T-shirt captions.... a line from Ethan (Clark Moore) about hate crime was a "Ye-what?" moment.
Some of the characters really don't quite work either: Tony Hale (so memorable as the useless PA in "Veep") plays almost a school-ified version of Stephen Stucker's Johnny from "Airplane". Perhaps that would work as some sort of whacky hall monitor guy... but it transpires that he is the headmaster. No, I don't think so.
So, in summary, after a bit of a bumpy start, its a pleasant watch that culminates in a feel-good ending. I can't see it getting a cinema release in Gambia or Nigeria, though God only knows they could use one. I was going to give this one 6*, but as I applaud both the theme its trying to promote and for bringing something fresh to the screen...
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Here are my thoughts about Love, Simon:
First, it was definitely the best movie adaptation of a book I've ever seen. Hands down. It was also an extremely authentic story to begin with, and it translated so well as a movie.
Second, I wish this movie had been around when I was younger. The message of love and acceptance was so powerful, and the way Simon and his friends were portrayed was amazing. Kudos to the actors. The whole theater was cheering, laughing, and crying with them.
Representation matters. Our kids need to see themselves on screen in movies like this.