Once again I am extremely late in reviewing this film, over a year late. I am currently trying to rewatch and review a YA film adaptation each month. This month I rewatched Love, Simon which is the film adaptation of the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I love both the novel and the film and wanted to put all my thoughts into words.
Everyone deserves a good love story in their lifetime. For seventeen-year-old Simon Spier it is a little more complicated; he is yet to tell his family or friends that he is gay. He also doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he has fallen for online. As Simon resolves both of his issues, it proves to be terrifying, hilarious and life-changing!
So, it is official, I love both the book and the film. I thoroughly enjoyed how close to the book the film stayed. I enjoy when films change a few things but not when they change a lot. Love, Simon changes very few things from the book to the film. I feel this may have been helped by the fact that Becky Albertalli, the author of the book had a lot of input with the film adaptation.
I love the cast of this film too. I feel like a lot of thought was put into casting each and every character and it shows throughout the film. A lot of the characters in the film adaptation were exactly how I had imagined them whilst reading the book. A lot of the time when watching film adaptations how I imagine the characters is completely different to how they are in the film. Love, Simon was so close that I had actually imagined Simon looking very much like Nick Robinson.
I thoroughly enjoyed the way the film adaptation explored the mystery of Blue. It shows watchers all the people Simon suspects Blue to and makes us believe each one could be Blue. Even going into this film having read the book and knowing who Blue is the mystery still holds up well and kept me interested.
Overall, I was a huge fan of the Love, Simon film adaptation and I will definitely be watching it over and over again. It is lovely to see so many YA books being adapted into films which is why I want to celebrate at least one each month! If you are looking for a heart-warming and lovely film then Love, Simon is for you!