NON-SPOILER DUAL REVIEWS: LOVE, SIMON + A WRINKLE IN TIME // Underwhelmed but happy?

LOVE, SIMON

rating: ★★★★☆

time: 1 hr 50 min

censorship rating: M

big names: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, Keiynan Lonsdale

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well written, authentic (ownvioices greg berlanti), not a whole lot of flashy important scenes just a lot of conversation, witty, relatable characters

OVERALL

1. Each parent got to have their moment and their speech and I am still crying

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^^ THIS

3. I am the Principal and the principal is me.

4. The movie definitely focuses on Simon but I really loved Leah in the movie too. I wasn’t her biggest fan in the book but in the movie, I found her incredibly relatable. It was little things like her not having the confidence to dance in public that made me really understand her character more than I ever would have from Simon’s pov.

5. I am so happy this movie exists

6. Simon went through every emotion under the sun and Nick Robinson was fantastic.

7. This movie just made me so happy. It’s a really moving rom-com and while I don’t think I’ll pay full price to see it at the cinema again, I will definitely buy it when it comes out on DVD or digital. It’s going to be a great background movie for when I’m doing other stuff.

ANY CHANGES?

Yes, there were changes BUT I stand by them. I pretty much loved all the changes they made for the movie. I won’t go into them because this review is spoiler-free but, I did think that all the changes made sense and suited the story.

EASTER EGGS

No spoilers but there are a bunch of little easter eggs in the film. Just little things like The Upside of Unrequited or More Happy Than Not on Simon’s bookshelves, or Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli’s cameo in the party scene. There are also a few other spoilery things that I noticed while watching that I won’t mention, but I will say that I absolutely loved them! As a fan of the book, they really enhanced the experience for me!

That’s it for my review of Love, Simon but I’d love to chat with you guys about the movie in the comment! Warning: There may be spoilers!

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A WRINKLE IN TIME

rating: ★★★☆☆

time: 1 hr 49 min

censorship rating: PG

big names: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Peña

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Let’s talk about the big discussion point for this movie: the casting list. Ohhhh boyyyy.

Okay, so I will say that I really loved the casting for the main group of kids, I think they each did a fantastic job. I also really loved Chris Pine as the dad, I thought he was spot on casting. BUTTT, I honestly don’t know if having such a star-studded cast is going to pay off in the long haul. To be honest, I love all the actress who played the Mrs but, the actresses’ performances were pretty mediocre. Anyone could have done it on the same level and the performance would’ve been the same.

I don’t know, honestly, it isn’t a big deal and I understand that the cast will bring in lots of viewers, but it just felt unnecessary??? I don’t know, maybe I’m just weird?

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A Wrinkle In Time is one of my favourite books, on the level of The Giver so you could definitely say that I was excited to see this one. Along with Love, Simon this was in my top 3 anticipated movies of 2018. I was pretty excited to go see this and make a day of it at the shops but as you can see by my rating (above), I did enjoy this but I only rated it a 3 stars. I did really enjoy it but I think the hype, amazing trailers and my love for the book got me too excited for the movie. So, I felt let down when it wasn’t 100 or even 90% perfect.

I really loved the kids who played Meg, Calvin and Charles Wallace were fantastic and really carried the movie. Who needs Oprah when you can watch Storm Reid (Meg) totally killing it on screen!

My overall feelings are that the film felt slow, which I was okay with because the book is also slow. But, that I don’t think most viewers will enjoy it because half of the movie is build up and then BAM PLOT!

I do think though, that even if the movie isn’t our cup of tea, it is impossible to watch this movie and say it didn’t look visually fantastic!

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3 thoughts on “NON-SPOILER DUAL REVIEWS: LOVE, SIMON + A WRINKLE IN TIME // Underwhelmed but happy?

  1. Awwww…. I’m so sorry that A Wrinkle in Time was only visually stunning… It’s pretty nuts when an all star cast can’t wow us! BUT I’m super happy you enjoyed Love, Simon so much! I pretty much need to see it now to get a load of Leah… ❤ Great reviews! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. It’s okay, I think it depends on age groups and preferences. I saw it with my mum and younger brothers. My mum and I thought it was meh, one of m brothers hated it and my other bro also said meh. However, my youngest brother’s bff loved it, so who the hell knows?? But, at least it looks amazing to my eyeballs!
      Love, Simon as a really fun movie though so I hope you love it! I have heard rumours about a sequel, so hopefully more Leah?

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