Nick Robinson

REVIEW: Love, Simon (2018)

Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) has a huge secret, he’s not told his friends, family, or anyone at school: he’s gay. Simon finds someone to talk to through anonymous emails, but when someone discovers his secret and threatens to expose him, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with how he feels.

Nick Robinson is great as Simon, he’s charming and likeable and you feel his heartache. Simon’s friends are all pretty great too and they all feel like a real group of friends. They fall-out and are sometimes selfish, but they also care about one another.

Not only are the teen cast brilliant, so are the adults in supporting roles. Ms Albright (Natasha Rothwell), the drama teacher, is hilarious and steals every scene she’s in, while Vice-Principal Mr Worth (Tony Hale) is equal parts funny and cringey. Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel play Simon’s parents and they are some of the best parents in a teen movie in a long time. They feel like normal parents and their relationship with Simon is wonderful.

Love, Simon has all the makings of a classic, teen rom-com. It’s very funny, it’s touching, and it’s has so many great characters. It’s a coming of age story that pulls you in and you can fully empathise with Simon and his friends, no matter how old you or how long it’s been since you were a high school student yourself. Love, Simon manages to be persistently funny, even when it’s handling the more dramatic and sad moments. It balances all these emotions perfectly and the soundtrack’s fantastic too.

Love, Simon is brilliant. I laughed, I cried, and I can’t wait to see it again. 5/5.

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REVIEW: The 5th Wave (2016)

The world is being invaded by aliens causing increasingly deadly attacks and those left alive don’t know who to trust. When Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is separated from her little brother Sam (Zackary Arthur), she’ll do anything to get him back.

The 5th Wave is the big screen adaptation of the YA book of the same name by Rick Yancey. I read the book a few years ago and really enjoyed it, though I wasn’t a fan of the sequel and I have yet to get around to reading the final book in the trilogy, so I was interested in seeing this adaptation.

Chloë Grace Moretz is brilliant at Cassie. She has to carry pretty much the majority of the film and she does a great job, especially the scenes with Zackary Arthur, they really sell their sibling relationship. Cassie is an interesting character because she’s had to grow up a lot but she’s still a teenager whose whole world has completely changed. When she meets Evan (Alex Roe) she’s in need of help but that doesn’t mean she wants to accept it.

There is naturally a romance angle in The 5th Wave, it’s not terrible but there’s not exactly sparkling chemistry between Cassie and her love interest.

The film is a bit disjointed when it stops solely following Cassie and then introduces Ben (Nick Robinson) as a main character. Ben’s brought into the army led by Colonel Vosch (Liev Schreiber) and there he, along with hundreds of other kids, is trained to kill the aliens, or as they call them the Others. His side of the story is interesting though a little predictable, even if you haven’t read the book.

The 5th Wave is a decent adaptation while still being an interesting and sometimes exciting sci-fi film. It does drag at times and is a little cheesy, but the fights and shootouts are generally quite good. 3/5.