‘Love,Simon’ hits your heart in all the right places and it’s everything

It’s time for straight not to be the default

This movie review is going to be a bit different from the past ones. I’m going to try my best to be balanced but honestly, It’s rather hard. Everyone deserves a great love story, and here it is. Especially if you don’t see yourself in the ones that are usually presented by television or movies.

Love, Simon

“Love, Simon” is a 2018 romantic comedy based on the book “Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda” by Becky Albertalli (Click the book title for my review of the book.) Directed by Greg Berlanti, who wrote and produced CW’s shows like “Arrow,” “Riverdale,” and “The Flash,” the movie is the first major studio film that features gay teenage romance.

The movie follows Simon Spier, a closeted gay teen who meet another closeted gay teen in his school online. The two began an online relationship hidden from his family and friends. His life gets turned upset down when a classmate blackmailed Simon with screenshots of his online relationship. Simon must then chose whether to follow through with the demands or to have his world cave in around him before he is ready. 

The movie is brilliantly told. As someone who read the book before seeing the movie, it follows it almost plot the same as the book did. There are some instances where they add to the plot because it’s a movie. When it does, It adds more depth to the story and allows things to be fleshed out more. The ending of the movie is actually more epic than what was in the book.

The acting is extremely good in this movie. The characters are likable, minus the ones you aren’t supposed to like. Simon is probably the best character out of them all. You can’t help but love Simon. Nick Robinson did an extremely well job portraying Simon. My only complaint with acting was that Katherine Langford’s natural Australian accent came through at times and it was obvious. She did an amazing job but I’m probably just nitpicking a bit.

It was extremely refreshing to see a non stereotypically gay character. While they are getting better, most gay characters in TV/Movies have been some sort of stereotypes. The overly flamboyant gay guy, the self-hating gay guy, etc. There’s many of them and frankly, they exist but it wasn’t everyone. Simon Spier isn’t any of those stereotypes. He is just guy trying to figure out who is he. He just happens to be gay. He’s representing the people who couldn’t see themselves in a character before this. “Love, Simon” has allowed many people to finally see themselves in a movie character and relate to them.

The Verdict

“Love, Simon” is a quality teen romantic comedy. It’s not just a movie for LGBT, but something for anyone that want to see a good love story. “Love, Simon” will be the first of many movies that will finally allow more people to see themselves in the things they watch. Like the movie says, everyone deserves a great love story. It was about time that they got one. “Love, Simon” is that movie.

“Love, Simon” is still in theaters. It will out digital on May 29th and DVD/Blu-Ray on June 12th.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Book review: ‘Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda’

Everyone needs deserves to have a great love story

I’m still just snatching Oprah’s edges. Welcome to the second ever edition of The Pop Project Book Club. It’s where I read a book and then I tell you whether you should read or not. Because the release of “Love, Simon” is coming up in the near future, I thought that I would read the book that it is based on of “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.”

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“Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda” is about Simon Spier, a 16-year old who is in the closet. Simon starts an online relationship with a fellow student at his school who is also in the closet. The book follows Simon as he balances his friends, family, coming to terms with his sexuality, and his online relationship. Things turn upside down when a classmate blackmail him and threatens to out him and his online relationship.

The book is extremely well written. It’s all told through the perspective of Simon. It’s easy to read and done an extremely conversational way. The chapters are short and sweet with some just being the email between Simon and his “boyfriend,” who is under the name “Blue.” It got extremely addicting because you just want to know more about what’s going on. You get invested into Simon and Blue’s relationship and want to know what happens next.

I got the feels throughout the entire book. Like, I have never read a book and been into so much. It might have been that I could relate throughout the book but I was emotionally invested into the characters and the book. Simon’s story was told in such a true way. It wasn’t something that seemed unrealistic. The book didn’t beat around the bush on somethings and it tackled everything in a way that a lot of the teen television shows don’t really show with their homosexual characters.

It was rather refreshing to have a love story that wasn’t a girl falling for a guy. That kind of love story is just one-sided and over done. The one told in “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda” is unique and we need more love stories like it. I want more guys falling in love with other guys. It’s just as normal as a girl falling for a guy.

Verdict:

I highly recommend reading “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.” It was an extremely good book. My only complaint was that it was too short. I wanted more. I wanted more letters and to know what happened with Simon and Blue, as well as their friends and family.

If you are looking to get a copy of the book, click here to grab one. It’s honestly worth it. “Love, Simon” will out in theaters on March 16, 2018. But you really should read the book and see the movie. Here’s the trailer. I swear this isn’t sponsored…unless they would like to hit me up to make it sponsored.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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