Genre Guesstimation – Love, Simon (2018)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Getter of Mettel Ray and we will be reviewing our favorite LGBTQ+ Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to LGBTQ@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Getter!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of LGBTQ+ Movies..

“Look, I don’t want your help in changing me. I want your help in getting Abby to like me for me. ” – Martin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A high school student struggling with his sexuality tries to decide what is the best way to be true to himself.

My Take on it – This is a film that has been on my radar for a while, but it took Getter’s decision of this month’s GG to finally get me to watch it.

I had heard some nice things about this film and was pleasantly surprised by the way that they give us a whole new perspective on life affirming decisions during high school (or at any stage in life for that matter.)

The story is presented in a very clever and enjoyable way and that helps it work on numerous levels.

This film is able to ask a very poignant and powerful question and then allows us to ponder that question for the entire run time and even a long time afterwards.

The do an amazing job taking the age old question of “what is considered normal?” and turn it around to a point where we get to see a whole new perspective on things.

The cast of this film is great and they each feel quite important to building the story without any of them feeling extraneous or wasted.

They find a way to develop these characters really well and as the story moves along, we are able to get an even clearer picture of who they all are.

Despite this, we never know how they will truly react to revelations along the way and that raises the level of suspense throughout.

This is a very powerful and satisfying film yet something seems missing that would have been able to give it an extra push that would have made it even more powerful and memorable than it already is.

Bottom Line – Clever and enjoyable film that works on numerous levels. The film asks a great and poignant question and makes us ponder things so much along the way. Love the way that this film turns to table on the question of “what is considered normal” and while doing so, allows us to get a whole new perspective on things. The cast is great and they all are able to add something to the mix. The characters are developed well and as things move along, we are able to get a clear idea as to who they all are even if we never quite know how each will react as the story progresses.  As enjoyable and as poignant as this film is, something still feels missing along the way that would help it be even more powerful. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was the first film produced by a major Hollywood studio to feature a gay teenage protagonist. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes really close. Great film that tackles a very moving and poignant subject yet still is missing something that would make it even better.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Love, Simon (2018)

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