Okay. Let’s talk.
The amazing thing about this movie is that the humor is marketed entirely for queer people. Despite overwhelmingly good critical ratings, I think a lot of critical reviews skim over or don’t really notice how incredibly freaking hilarious this movie is, and that confused me upon first watch. But the second time I watched this, there were several jokes that were hilarious to me [and Kav] but not all that funny to the theater? No one understands humor except for us.
Something about this movie that I am not sure if I like is the tone problem. This is a movie that goes from a very offbeat but very funny romantic comedy to a really upsetting coming out movie in a very brief moment. That’s how the book is, too, but I think this movie gets the balance a little off. The book is a romance with a coming out story. The movie is a bit more a coming out story with a romance. And sure, coming out stories are important, but you know what’s revolutionary about Love Simon? That it isn’t just a coming out story, that it’s also a sweet teen movie for queer people. And I don’t know, I think just a little more Blue emailing would’ve made this movie so much better and made the romance just a bit more fulfilling.
But guys, as book-to-movie adaptations go, this was pretty fucking masterful. Hilarious, sweet, romantic, and so much more.
One of the main criticisms I’ve seen from people about this movie is on the idealism front, so I wanted to talk a little bit about that.
So, I think the portrayal of high school is mostly accurate. Simon deals with a little bit of open harassment and then a lot of weird looks, vaguely homophobic comments that are impossible to pinpoint, and general negativity, which is similar to my experience. Homophobia tends to be a bit more subtle nowadays, and I think the movie does an excellent job showing that.