I had high expectations going into this move. I fell in love with Albertalli’s characters and writing style. I was a little afraid of what the movie would portray, but all of those fears were put to bed.
For those unfamiliar with the novel, Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) is an average seventeen-year old boy with a big secret. Simon loves his friends and his life, but he feels like something is missing until he starts talking to Blue. Simon and Blue share the same secret. Simon must come to terms with who he is and what he wants in life, and of course there are speed bumps along the way.
Love, Simon is an uplifting movie. It is laugh-out-loud funny with snarky banter, pop culture jokes, and teenage humor. But the movie is also an emotional one. Simon’s secret is revealed and the fall out is devastating at times.
There are plenty of teenage “right of passage” scenes, from parties to relationships, to classic lunchroom conversations. But this is not a typical movie. This is the best movie I have seen in quite some time. You can truly connect with the characters. You feel Simon’s highs and lows. You experience heartbreak, falling in love, shame, laughter, and everything in between along with the characters. Even if you are unfamiliar with the book, this is a great movie to see.
Love, Simon is based off of Becky Albertalli’s novel, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. The film is set to release in theatres on March 16.