877. Love, Simon

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.”

Live blog

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.

Conclusions

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.

Rating: 4/5