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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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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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Does It Deserve the Hype?

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Does It Deserve the Hype?

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri seemed to dominate the BAFTAs this year, with awards going to Frances McDormand for Best Actress, Sam Rockwell for Best Supporting Actor, and it even won the biggest award of the night, Best Film. It’s been hyped for its incredible acting, writing and story – but do I think it lives up to the hype?

The hype from both critics and audiences for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has been crazy, so I decided to see for myself if it deserves it!

I went to see the film a few weeks ago without really knowing a great deal about it apart from that Frances McDormand is in it, so this was another film I was going into without having many expectations or opinions. Here’s what I thought!

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The Greatest Showman: The Story, the Songs and the Mundane Protagonist

The Greatest Showman: The Story, the Songs and the Mundane Protagonist

This is the first post in my new cinema-inspired series and I can’t wait to get started! In these posts, I’m going to be discussing my opinions on today’s cinema. My goal this year is to see as much as many films as I can. In this series, I’ll be explaining my expectations of a film before I see it, before truthfully admitting my thoughts after I’ve seen it.

To find out more about this series, read my original post here.

The world has gone mad for Hugh Jackman's latest musical flick, The Greatest Showman - but here's a review from someone who wasn't quite such a huge fan.

Today, I’m going to be discussing my thoughts on the most popular musical since La La Land. It’s only February and I don’t think there can be a musical as big as this one for the rest of the year… it’s The Greatest Showman!

SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t yet seen The Greatest Showman and you’re still trying to avoid spoilers, maybe don’t continue. This is unapologetically going to be full of them, otherwise I can’t get my point across.

ANOTHER WARNING: If you loved this film more than life itself, be wary when reading my opinions. I’ll leave it at that. 🙂 Onwards!

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NEWS: Film Adaptation of ‘Unwind’ by Neal Shusterman // #BEDM

NEWS: Film Adaptation of ‘Unwind’ by Neal Shusterman // #BEDM

unwind film

One of my favourite book series is the Unwind series by Neal Shusterman. The books are set in a dystopian world where children over the age of 13 can be ‘unwound’: in other words, their bodies can be taken apart piece by piece and the government decides who to give them to; people who need them most. The books specifically follow three characters, Connor, Risa and Lev, as they are sent to a ‘Harvest Camp’ (gross, I know) to be unwound. The books are written so well and I love the characterisations and the setting.

It was news to me a couple of days ago when I saw on Neal Shusterman’s Facebook page that he shared a link to some news about an Unwind film adaptation – and I don’t know if I’m excited or nervous…

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