Love, Simon (2/3 Hats)

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Kelvin Says Hats Off:

Just saw “Love, Simon” – You’re My Boy, Blue. Conclusion: 7/10. It’s nice that a major studio finally decided to make this type of movie about a gay kid. For a coming-of-age movie, I wouldn’t say it reinvents the wheel, but there is some pretty good stuff in here. The titular character, Simon, is closested and hesitant about coming out. Insofar as his character goes, I would say he is pretty well drawn. I easily could empathize with a lot of what he was feeling. However, I wouldn’t say the movie is particularly subtle in many of those moments. I also think the movie got bogged down too much on its side plots and some of the characters were a bit too crudely constructed. Still, the movie is able to cobble together some affecting scenes and ones that I think deftly illustrate some of the challenges someone in his position faces. While the movie gets a bit too cute with the main plot device – there’s another gay kid at his school he meets and messages with anonymously online – the payoff at the end absolutely worked for me. It’s certainly a bit uneven, but it does get more right than it does wrong. For stories about LGBTQ people, that’s at least a good start. #LeaveItToBieber #SimonSays #FirstGayOfSchool #NoraMorse #AbbyRode #SacrificialBram #AnIndecentDateProposal #WhereIsJacquesLove


Austinn Says Hats On:

‘Love, Simon’: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are (5/10)

This movie had potential, but the first half is just not good, and although there are great moments in the second half, it doesn’t do enough to fix things. Much like most young adult movies, there are so many clichéd characters and the writing is pretty terrible. Thankfully, some of the more emotional scenes toward the end of the movie work really well, but I wanted to see more of that, and a more genuine look at the struggles of coming out. #everybodyknowsthesecret #igottabestraightwithyou #youremyboyBlue #beartrap #MrWorthless #Siofrelief


Adam Says Hats Off:

Saw “Love, Simon” – LGBTeen Wasteland

Rating as follows:

Total: 7.2/10
Cinematography (1.7): 1.2
Overall Acting (1.6): 1.2
Writing (1.5): 0.9
Cohesion of Story (1.2): 1.0
Score/Sound Mixing (1.1): 0.6
Best Category – Message (1.0): 0.9
Depth of Plot (1.0): 0.7
Character Dev
elopment (0.5): 0.3
Overall Message (0.4): 0.4

I’m glad to see more stories like this hitting the big screen. It gives the audience a glimpse into the lives of the LGBTQ community and some of the things they encounter. While the overall message was very positive and uplifting, the movie itself had some issues. Overall, I appreciated the touching moments and found myself being drawn in to the emotion of some of the conversations that the characters had. The scenes between Simon and his mom (Jennifer Garner) were probably the best scenes in the film. However, several of the character were very over the top and seemed pretty cheesy. They felt very cliché and it distracted from the plot. Despite that, I think the cast did a good job of overcoming some of the cheese factor and delivered a fine performance. Probably worth waiting until it hits Netflix or the rental markets, though. Hats off from me because of the emotion and positive message.

#SimonCowers #BlackMaleMeBro #Friendzoned #AwkwardChristmas

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