This is part 2 of my review of Simon Vs the Homo Sapien Agenda and its film adaptation, Love, Simon. This post will make no attempt to avoid spoilers, so beware if you haven’t read/watched yet. For my spoiler-free review of the book, I recommend reading the post right before this one.
So, I’ll just start with my biggest issue with the movie: they almost immediately reveal Blue’s identity. Now, they don’t confirm that it’s him until the end, but having read the book, it was difficult to avoid groaning when I saw his face.
Overall, I would say that Love, Simon is good, but sort of Hollywood. Most of the changes that the movie made seemed to be for the sake of a Hollywood moment, even if it deviated from the spirit of the novel.
Now, this seems like a contradiction, but that’s almost a good thing. Love, Simon has the feeling of a mainstream Hollywood romantic comedy. And I think it represents a great step for American film. A mainstream Hollywood romcom all about a teenager trying to figure out the identity of a boy that he’s been messaging while struggling with coming out. It wasn’t a bad movie, I thought it was really good, in fact. But it’s really an entity unto itself, and it’s not too fair to compare it to the book.
So, I think I would recommend both the book and the movie. If you can only do one, read the book. But the book and movie both live up to the hype.