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Love, Simon Blu-ray Review

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“Love, Simon” is one of 2018’s best films so far.

Based on the novel “Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli, “Love, Simon” is part romcom, part teen movie, part coming-of-age story, part mystery and a part sexual identity tale revolving around a closeted gay teenager (Simon). The central storyline involves Simon discovering an online confession from an anonymous gay student at his high school. Since he relates to the anonymous person, Simon reaches out to him (anonymously) and eventually even falls for him. As Simon tries to find who is secret love is, however, things get complicated in his personal life as he is blackmailed by a fellow student. Soon, Simon finds that his life is about to change forever.

As a film, “Love, Simon” broke new ground as it is one of the very few Hollywood films led by a gay character. Not only is it a big deal to see the LGBTQ community represented in this way, but it’s a big deal that Hollywood is finally telling stories that should have been told long ago.

In terms of the actual content of the film, TV producer megastar Greg Berlanti (who directs this project) and writers Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker have crafted an intimate, moving, emotional, important, poignant and downright charming movie about the POV of a gay teen that plays like a mixture of the work of John Hughes and Joss Whedon with a touch of “13 Reasons Why” (in terms of having two of the same cast members and the film’s emphasis on secrets and lies). On top of that, everything from the snappy dialogue to Simon’s internal struggles is superbly scripted here in this character centric piece.

As good as the directing and writing is, it’s the performances that elevate this move to another novel. Star Nick Robinson gives the best performance of his young career so far. I would not be surprised to see him get many new roles because of this film. Katharine Langford of “13 Reasons Why” fame shines as Leah a student and friend of Simon as does rising star Alexandra Shipp (who also plays a friend of Simon’s). Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner may be big name actors but they are wisely sidelined here as the story is primarily about teen characters. With that said, they are both good in their roles as Simon’s parents. Lastly, credit should be given to Logan Miller who plays the annoying classmate/sort of antagonist Martin.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a sharp hi-de transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the memorable soundtrack to the dialogue, this 5.1 track hits all the right notes.

Extras: * DVD copy * Digital copy * Fox trailers and 2 trailers for “Love, Simon” * 2 deleted scenes * Still gallery * “The Adaptation”- A featurette on the groundbreaking film adaptation of the novel “Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” * “The Squad”- An extra about the main cast * “#Firstlovestorycontest Winner”- Short film winner. * “Dear Georgia” and “Dear Atlanta”- 2 extras about location shooting * A solid commentary by Greg Berlanti, Isaac Klausner and Isaac Aptaker

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June 9, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , ,

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