Rating: (as a book to movie adaptation) 5/5, book review here
(as a movie) 5/5
I was so so scared that I would leave the cinema unsatisfied – I almost didn’t go. But with the encouragement of my fellow book lover’s recommendation, I gritted me teeth and told myself that it would live up to the hype. And oh my god did it do just that.
The movie sticks to the book incredibly well, but the changes that were made I actually appreciated? Of course, I’d read the book so I knew what was going to happen, but I was still on the edge of my seat.
The casting was absolutely PERFECT. Nick Robinson shows a brilliant balance between Simon’s funny, awkward side and his compassionate, vulnerable one, and Logan Miller’s interpretation of Martin was EXACTLY how I imagined him. The only one I wasn’t sure about was Katherine Langford as Leah, since she was so different to how I pictured Leah in the book. But when I separated the book from the movie, I think she was very successful in bringing the sensitive nature that Leah possesses.
If I don’t cry whilst watching a movie, it wasn’t effective enough. And bOY DID I CRY. The emotional scenes were so raw and beautiful, especially between Simon and his parents. Not to mention the ending…
But it was funny too! I can’t remember the last time I laughed out loud at a movie that much. The script was witty and quick, and very representative of teen life, too.
Overall, I actually have no negative comments (that’s a first xD). If you wanna share your thoughts, maybe the film meant something to you and you wanna rave about it or maybe you wanna express your opinions, please do!