Love, Simon – A Perfect Adaptation of a Wonderful Book

Love, Simon – A Perfect Adaptation of a Wonderful Book

In the past couple of years, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli has been HUGE in the book blogging community. People have been loving it, and for good reason! It’s full of great LGBT rep, and perfect characters that you can’t help but love. You can read my review of the book here.

Love Simon film review

I finally read this book this year when I found out that the film adaptation, called Love, Simon, was being released. I’m glad I read it first because it made me SO excited to go and see the film! Here’s what I thought…

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Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

 

🎬 UK Release: 6th April 2018
🎬 Director: Greg Berlanti
🎬 Starring: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg, Miles Heizer, Keiynan Lonsdale, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Tony Hale

Love, Simon: My Thoughts

I’ll cut straight to the chase: Love, Simon was SO GOOD and SO close to the book!! I think it helped that the author had a lot of input (I think). I absolutely loved the cast – every character was cast perfectly. Some of them might not have been how I imagined them, but every single one of them was captured perfectly (so much that I forgot how I imagined them in the first place). Simon’s parents were perfect too, and I loved the dynamic of his family.

The way they did the Blue mystery was great, with all of the ‘suspects’ taking turns to be in Blue’s place so we were teased into believing that each person was Blue. The whole thing is a bit less mysterious in the film and I thought it was fairly obvious who it was early on (maybe because I already knew). However, I feel like it’s a lot easier to be more mysterious in a book, so this didn’t bother me one bit.

There were a couple of things they were different from the book, but I didn’t mind these at all because they were all pretty insignificant. For example, book Simon has 2 sisters, but in the film he has 1; in the book, Leah plays drums in a concert, but doesn’t in the film; etc. The only thing that niggled me a bit (okay, maybe a lot) was the fact that (warning – spoilers) in the film, Leah suddenly told Simon that she was in love with him. That doesn’t happen in the book, does it?!! I was a bit surprised at that.

The ending, where Simon finds out who Blue is while sitting on a ferris wheel in front of a cheering crowd, was cheesy as heck – but it was perfect for a film like this. It’s the sort of film where you don’t care about bits being cheesy. It was the best ending, and definitely lived up to the ending in the book.

Love, Simon was so good, especially if you love a great feel-good film that perfectly captures the essence of the original book. It’s also great for LGBT representation, which we can never have enough of!

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I’m Charlotte: media graduate, virtual assistant and avid reader. I’m a Hufflepuff, a space fanatic, and I love to write about books. More about me…

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Cinema Snippets: Early Man & The Mercy

Cinema Snippets: Early Man & The Mercy

It’s time for another collection of Cinema Snippets, my snippet-length reviews of recent cinema releases! After this post I’ve finally caught up with all the films I’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, so I can go back to writing full posts again. Phew!

The Mercy and Early Man were both totally different films - one an intense biopic about a man's solo mission to sail the world, and the other a silly Aardman animation about a bronze age/stone age football match. Here are my reviews!

This time, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on two very different films: The Mercy, a tense biopic starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, and Early Man, a hilarious Aardman animated comedy starring Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, and many others. (more…)

Cinema Snippets: I, Tonya & Lady Bird

Cinema Snippets: I, Tonya & Lady Bird

I’ve seen so many films recently that I’m not keeping up with writing individual reviews for them all! So, similar to my snippet reviews of books I did a while ago, I’m going to write Cinema Snippets. I’ll include a couple of films in one post and give my brief thoughts about them, rather than a full review.

Recently I saw two films with strong female main characters: I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie, and Lady Bird, starring Saorise Ronan. I really liked them both! Here's my short review of each of the two films.

Today’s reviews are what I’m going to call the Strong Women Edition: Lady Bird and I, Tonya. I loved both of these films for completely different reasons! Here are my thoughts.

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26 Blog Post Ideas for Film Bloggers!

26 Blog Post Ideas for Film Bloggers!

Last year, I wrote a post called 32 Blog Post Ideas for Book Bloggers and it turned out to be my most popular posts. It even ranks #1 on Google! Over a year later, people are still regularly coming back to that post for their dose of bookish inspiration. So, considering this blog is turning into a film blog as well as a book blog, I thought I’d do the same for film ideas.

Stuck for blogging inspiration? Here's a list of 26 blog post ideas for film bloggers.

Feel free to use these ideas how you wish – exactly how they are, adapted to suit you, or however you’d like to use them. A few of these ideas might overlap from my book blog ideas post, but they’re suitable for both niches so I thought I’d include them on both.

Without further ado, here are 26 blog post ideas for film bloggers!

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Call Me By Your Name: Beautiful Setting & LGBT Representation

Call Me By Your Name: Beautiful Setting & LGBT Representation

It’s not often that I go and see a film that I know absolutely nothing about, but when I saw that Call Me By Your Name had been nominated for various big awards (including Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars), I wanted to see what the fuss was about. It came out a while ago but it was showing in my local theatre where they often show films that didn’t have a wide release, so I had to take the opportunity to see it!

I wasn’t sure at first what I’d think of it at first because I didn’t know anything about it, but I ended up really enjoying it! Here are my thoughts…

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The Shape of Water: Exceptional Cast, Beautiful Story & Gorgeous Music

The Shape of Water: Exceptional Cast, Beautiful Story & Gorgeous Music

Oh my goodness, if there’s a film this year that has completely blown my socks off, it’s The Shape of Water. I was so excited to see this film for ages before it came out, and I was even more excited that I got to see it early at a Cineworld Unlimited screening at the end of January. Now, to top it all off, it just won Best Picture at the Oscars and I couldn’t be happier!!!

The Shape of Water dominated the 2018 Oscar nominations and went on to win Best Picture. Here's my review of one of the most beautiful films this year!

I won’t say too much in this introduction because that’s what the review is for, so I’ll get straight to it. Here’s what I thought of The Shape of Water… (Spoilers: it’s incredible.)

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