Love Victor, review
Is he worth all the time and effort?
"And I just want to say - Screw you!"
Love, Simon vs Love, Victor.
When I first read Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens agenda (Yes, that's the title of the book.) I was happily surprised as an adult. I finally had found a book that if I had travel back in time when I were a teenager as a struggling homosexual myself, I would have given it to myself and then gone back to my future self again. If that would have created a time paradox? Probably. Would I have accepted it as a teenager from a bearded stranger who resembles me? Who knows.
Fast forward some more years and I am watching Love Simon at the movies. Cute movie adaption. Pretty good. Good marketing as well for the movie. Three rainbows out of five.
Fast forward even more, I was pretty stoked to read that they were going to do a spinoff of the movie into a series. It was supposed to be for Disney+ but then Hulu picked it up.
The series starts out with Victor, a high school student who just moved, with his family to Atlanta, the new kid in school. He hears rumors about the so called Simon who came out and won a lot of hearts at the school. Easy peasy to come out since the school seems accepting and open minded, right? Well, coming out is almost never easy. It's supposed to be in your own pace. So, we follow Victor's struggles to understand who he really is, is he bi, is he gay, who is he? (I'm not telling you).
So, where's Simon's role in this? He becomes a sort of a narrator and mentor for Victor and he tries his best to comfort and help Victor in the show. He gives advice and becomes a mentor to the young Victor. Simon is still in love with his boyfriend and they both moved to New York (surprise) to pursuit college. In one of the episodes, we get to meet their so called "family" which grants the viewer with a lot of love for the characters. (See what I did there?)
Meanwhile Victor is struggling with his own problems of knowing who he is, the series also brings up problems such as cheating, telling lies and the whole arch is basically about being truthful. The show talks about homophobia (mostly from older generations) and cultural struggles as well. It's important and relatable topics for young teenagers and a younger audience. Because yes, it is a coming of age story. Or maybe a coming out story might be a better choice of wording.
So is it worth the five hours of content that the show provides? The actors are doing a good job to support the show and the storyline is all boy meet - who does he meet - who is he - he meets cute at least. For sure. It's cute, it's romantic in many ways and it's good for the younger generations. I would say that if you like romcoms, watch it. If you're not, then just watch the movie. It's just as good but shorter, the arch and theme gets the point across anyway.