Love, Simon Reviewed by Andy Box


The Premise
A young coming-of-age 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 tried to find himself as well.

The Review
Love, Simon Simply Marvelous!

Laughing out loud, enjoying the story, identifying with characters and sharing such moments with others is what keeps audiences flocking back time after time to taste the latest cinematic fare.

This movie does all that and then some.  Love Simon, is a fun, romantic comedy with a serious twenty first century message and I loved it. I came away smiling with my emotional well-being fully recharged and ready for the next rollercoaster ride that life may throw it.

Simon is played by the charming Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer) who is truly authentic as the high school student tormented by his inability to find love in time for the ball. The action goes forwards and backwards in time as we are treated to scenes with his friends and family in order to get the full picture as Simon discovers who he really is.

Jennifer Garner (Juno) and Josh Duhamel (Fire with Fire) play his parents Emily and Jack and they are scripted some of the best moments. The continued image of a perfect family against the backdrop of a teenager in turmoil adds depth and understanding and a big splash of humour to a well directed (Greg Berlanti) movie. Berlanti has previously worked with Duhamel on ‘Life as we know it’.

This film has so much going on it is difficult to cover everything in a short review, however, if you are a parent then it is worth watching for the performance of Logan Miller (Before I Fall) who is crazily good as a socially awkward and morally suspect normalish graduating high school teenager.

The Verdict
Love Film? Love going to the movies? Then go see this because I know you will ‘Love, Simon’

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 29th March 2018
Rating: M – Contains Offensive language & sexual references
Duration: 110 minutes
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford
Director: Greg Berlanti (Life As We Know It)

The Extras
The production code for the film is Blue, which is the pseudonym of the person Simon emails.

Although the movie is titled "Love, Simon," it is actually an adaptation of the book "Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda." The movie originally had the same name as the book, but it was too long to say, hence the name change.

Katherine Langford and Miles Heizer previously worked together in the Netflix Original series 13 Reasons Why (2017).

It was confirmed by Becky Albertalli (Author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) that Simon only wears glasses in flashbacks compared to the book where he always wears glasses.

Temple Hill Entertainment that is producing the movie, is known for adapting novels such as 'The Fault in Our Stars' and 'The Maze Runner.'

It was confirmed by Becky Albertalli (Author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) that Alice Spier (Simon's older sister) isn't present in the film.