Title: Love, Simon Director: Greg Berlanti Year: 2018 Run time: 1hr 50m
“From the producers of The Fault in Our Stars comes the relatable and heartfelt coming-of-age film LOVE, SIMON. Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon, it’s a bit complicated. The gay teenager hasn’t come out yet, and doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues will be a hilarious, scary, life-changing adventure.”
2:37 - Ladidah pancake thing. 4:17 - Why do they put the horn in most cars exactly where you’re going to bash your head in frustration? 4:47 - They better not remake Matrix with David Beckham as sexy Morpheus. 8:54 - Ooh, referencing The Affair. That’s so up to date! 12:51 - Jealous of this kid’s desk setup. 14:28 - Makes no sense. It made the email noise, which Google wouldn’t make, but then he said nothing. There must be some email. 16:24 - Can’t imagine how difficult it is to manage phones at schools these days. 19:56 - “Girls just want to have FUNdamental rights.” 29:41 - Blackmail sucks. 43:03 - “That’s what I thought we thought.” Best marriage ever. 48:57 - The trouble is, you can’t blackmail someone to love you, especially not via a third person. 55:34 - The music in this. Antonoff is a legend. 1:04:16 - Martin the mascot. 1:11:16 - Made a note to update our Christmas playlist. 1:30:52 - “They’re my running jeans.” 1:40:16 - Ferris wheel is a really odd place to wait for someone.
Fab film, this one. I know Nick Robinson from Melissa & Joey and he was the right choice for this conflicted but confident teenager. The gang of friends was great, and Jack Antonoff’s music choices were incredible. This is a soundtrack we’ll be listening to later.
The story was good, the twists and turns intriguing, and of course a great, if painful, journey for this kid to go on. I felt quite stressed about how public the end of the movie was and a bit disappointed in who Blue ended up being - I guessed quite early on that it would be who it was because hey, kissing someone of the opposite sex doesn’t mean anything, really, not when you’re a teenager.
Good, an important story, well told, and great to have the representation up on screen.