‘Love, Simon’ (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) Movie Review

13 May

Movie poster via IMDb.

I had a night alone and didn’t think this movie was high on my husband’s ‘to-watch’ list. He’s been trying to cram in all the Marvel movies he missed before seeing Endgame. So I figured I’d watch this one alone and I really enjoyed it! I’m so glad I saw it rather soon after finishing the book because so much was fresh in my mind.

Things I Thought Were Awesome

Martin. I had a lot of trouble picturing this character as I read the book. He seemed to fit in, but not be accepted anywhere and I had an issue figuring out who this person was and how he fit into the story. I thought the portrayal by Logan Miller was great and let me get a much better idea of Martin and who he was.

Realistic High School. This is the same compliment I gave the book. High school life tends to look very glamorous in a lot of movies, with actors in their late 20s pretending to be teenagers. I felt this film did a good job of keeping the image realistic and it felt like the high school I attended and that I’ve heard about from others.

Changes That Didn’t Really Bother Me

Less focus on parents. There was a bit focus on Simon’s parents in the book. They’re very relaxed and informal with Simon to the point that it bothers him, but he loves them fiercely. I know the movie didn’t have time to get into this relationship, but it was something in the book I really enjoyed. I don’t think teenagers and adults get along in books as often as they do in real life.

Cover image via Goodreads

Things That Were Taken Out and I’m Still Wondering Why

Alice and the sister relationship. Simon’s older sister, Alice, was going through changes at the same time he was and I think it made it easier for him to tell his parents he was changing, too. Taking Alice out for the movie made sense, though. I did miss how close Simon was with Alice and Nora. The Nora in the movie wasn’t as prominent as the one in the book and I thought her support of Simon when Martin posted on Tumblr seem odd. In the book, it made a lot of sense because she and Simon were so close.

Cal. Simon built Cal up in his mind a lot in the book, thinking that he was Blue and developing a crush on Cal separate from his crush on Blue. I felt that Simon’s desire for Blue to be Cal was part of what pushed the real Blue away. He felt rejected because Simon was physically attracted to someone so different from himself. Simon had never once guessed the right identity for Blue, even though in the movie he did. I thought this made the reveal a little less surprising and a bit more of a letdown.

Things That Changed Too Much

Leah. Leah’s character was so different! I didn’t like her much in the book and I could have liked her in the movie if I wasn’t so mad about her being different! Changing her crush from Nick to Simon was too clean. The fact that she liked Nick when Nick liked Abby was part of the complication in the book that made it interesting. Add on to that she was a lot more social and likable and upbeat, and it’s a different character. I wish they’d gone with the original Leah and not forced Leah and Nick on a date. It was too weird.

I can see why this did so well at the theater. It’s a great love story and a very realistic depiction of high school and the social perils involved. Reader, have you seen the movie for Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda / Love, Simon? What did you think?

Until next time, write on.

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12 Responses to “‘Love, Simon’ (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) Movie Review”

  1. Priyasha May 13, 2019 at 12:50 PM #

    I loved Nick Robinson in this role 💕

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    • Sam May 13, 2019 at 6:46 PM #

      He was great! Beautiful casting. Happy reading!

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  2. alilovesbooks May 13, 2019 at 4:42 PM #

    There was a fairly long gap between me reading the book and watching the movie. I think that was a good thing though as I didn’t notice a lot of the changes, I’d actually forgotten Simon had an older sister for example. I suspect those changes would have annoyed me but as I was coming at it almost fresh I was able to go with it and accept for the enjoyable movie it is.

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    • Sam May 13, 2019 at 6:47 PM #

      Sometimes it is best that way. It’s hard to write these posts though haha. I was dying to see this one so I watched t as soon as I could. Happy reading!

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  3. Rae Longest May 13, 2019 at 6:03 PM #

    Good review.

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  4. Meeghan reads May 14, 2019 at 4:33 AM #

    By the time I saw the movie it had been a while since I’d read the book; however, it was not long before that I had read Leah on the Offbeat. I feel like some of the changes they made with film Leah were due to how Leah was represented in the second Creekwood book. The thing that probably annoyed me most about the film was Norah’s age – in the books she’s only about 1-2 years younger than Simon, and this is plot point in the second book, where I feel like movie Norah was very young, with 6-7 years age difference. I had totally forgotten that Simon has an older sister!!

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    • Sam May 14, 2019 at 6:02 AM #

      That’s reassuring that there may be some reasons for the Leah change. I think the age gap with Nora was important only for the Talent Show subplot. Without it, the age gap didn’t bother me. Happy reading!

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  5. Noah Purser July 15, 2019 at 5:12 PM #

    I loved the movie! I’ve watched it about 15 times since seeing in theaters! A very good film. I few changes bothered me. Taking his older sister out was such a mistake! I loved their friendship!!

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    • Sam July 15, 2019 at 10:12 PM #

      That’s a great point. I really enjoyed the movie for the most part, too. It’s was a fairly accurate transfer. Happy reading!

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      • Noah Purser July 15, 2019 at 10:29 PM #

        It’s one of the best book to movie adaptions I’ve seen in a while!! I’m excited to see what Disney+ does with material on their upcoming Love, Simon show!! It’ll be following a new character, but it’ll be in the same world!! 🙂

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      • Sam July 16, 2019 at 5:58 AM #

        I didn’t know there was a show coming. How awesome! I’ll look forward to that.

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