So I’ve seen a few movies recently (yep, I’m talking about you A Wrinkle in Time & Black Panther), but my favorite for a sweet coming of age, love story is Love, Simon. It’s out in theaters today!
Here’s a quick view of the film from the trailer.
This is one of the first times I’ve watched a movie where the main character (Simon, played by Nick Robinson) is in high school & instead of seeing myself as the teenager, I saw myself as the parent.
Yep, I’m getting old.
But I did LOVE how Jennifer Garner & Josh Duhamel played Simon’s parents with hilarity & grace & love.
Love, Simon is directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), & based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda which I’d now really like to read.
The core theme of Love, Simon is that everyone deserves a great love story. & 17 year old Simon Spier is trying to figure that out as a closeted gay guy who’s fallen for an anonymous classmate who he’s connected with online. I laughed & cried through him wrestling with coming out to his family & friends along with trying to identify the mysterious Blue.
Go check out Love, Simon with friends this weekend, or with your middle or high schooler (it’s appropriately rated PG-13)!
While 20th Century Fox did provide me ticket to the screening of Love, Simon, I wasnt otherwise compensated for my review & my thoughts are honestly my own.
A Wrinkle in Time came out in theaters today! Do you have tweens? Kids I’d say 8 & up? Read A Wrinkle in Time together then go see this movie! I always say to read the book first, but I didnt for this film. So you can be like me & watch the film & then request the book at the library too!
A Wrinkle in Time starts telling the story of Meg Murray’s family- her scientist parents & their relationship. Her Dad disappeared 4 years ago & Meg’s having a lot of trouble at school.
Chris Pine is Mr. Murry in Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME.
Meg’s super smart brother Charles Wallace (played by the adorable & talented Deric McCabe) is trying to help. He brings around Mrs Whatsit, played beautifully by Reece Witherspoon, who shows up surprising Meg & her mom. Then Charles Wallace takes Meg & her friend Calvin to meet Mrs Who, who speaks mostly in quotes, played awesomely by Mindy Kaling.
Mindy Kaling is Mrs Who in Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME.
& then the kids are off. (I’ll let the details come out when you see the film.) But know it’s magically & I didn’t understand the science behind the how.
I LOVED the costumes of the Mrs. Their make up & wardrobes were fanciful & amazing. I mean just look at Mrs. Whatsit below!
Reese Witherspoon is Mrs. Whatsit and Storm Reid is Meg Murry in Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME.
then there’s Mrs. Which – oh mama Oprah. Her hair, costumes & her words amazed me! Y’all know I watched her show back in the day religiously. Loved seeing her in this film & knowing that with her role in A Wrinkle in Time, she will help guide a whole other generation of women, young women & girls to believe in themselves.
Oprah Winfrey is Mrs. Which and Storm Reid is Meg Murry in Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME.
I loved the Mrs. as the “fairy god mothers” of this Disney film. They helped guide these middle schoolers on their journey to try to find Mr Murray & bring him & them back home.
Storm Reid is Meg Murry, Deric McCabe is Charles Wallace Murry and Levi Miller is Calvin O’Keefe in Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME.
I loved the self confidence journey we watched Meg go through. The theme of being your own warrior is one I want to instill in my own kids & I’m sure you do in yours.
For adults, does it have cheesy parts? Slightly slow parts? yes. Will the tween crowd love & swoon over Storm & Levi? Absolutely!
I was given pass to see A Wrinkle in Time in exchange for this review, but the free movie pass didn’t sway my opinion or review.
I wrote my 2017 reading list about a year ago about trying to focus my 2017 reading on more serious political books & memoirs & mix in a few light-hearted books here & there to keep me sane.
So here’s what I’m reading now. A little light & funny. A little heavy. A little gory. & a little calm for the soul.
What’s on my end table: I’m finishing up Fire & Fury by Michael Wolff & also What Unites Us by Dan Rather.
What’s on my kindle: Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones book 2) & Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist.
What I’ve read in last year:
- Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (started 2017 with this one & it ended up being so appropriate with what happened in Charlottesville etc)
- In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson (called my dad & made he & my mom listen to this pre-WWII book on the US ambassador to Germany)
- Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (such a great read on the Great Migration),
- Our Kids by Robert Putnam (didn’t make it all the way through for book club but reminded me of sociology books),
- I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi (laughed til I cried),
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed (an adventure & come to find yourself story that had been on my want-to-read-list for years)
- The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines
- The Book Thief (everyone should read this WWII novel),
- Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean (another one for book club that I didn’t make it through, reminded me of a college text that I’d have slept through),
- Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel (didn’t finished by book club but I enjoyed reading the stories of these vets, want to watch the movie)
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (I didn’t know his back story & it was a fascinating read)
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (loved this book then had to see the movie)
- Game of Thrones by Martin (so much content on the characters I love from the series)
- What Happened by HRC (just finished it this week. I didn’t make it through a chapter without crying over what could have been vs what our current reality is)
What’s on my To Read list:
- 13 Reasons Why by Jay Ashley (I watched the show on Netflix, been meaning to read the book)
- Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst
- A Wrinkle in Time (not sure why I never read this one in HS, movie review coming soon!)
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria (I requested this one at the library & it arrived at the same time as 3 others, so it’s back on my to read list)
Upcoming books I have my eye on:
- Yes We (Still) Can by Dan Pfeiffer
- The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes
- & my old school BlogHer buddy Jill Krause’s 50 Things to Do Before You Deliver (not having more babies here but I love reading her words & so excited for her!)
I’ve also been on a podcast kick while traveling & at work. I’ve found I can best focus on work & tune out my co-workers/background noise while listening to Pod Save America & the other Crooked Media podcasts, Stay Tuned with Preet & I’m trying to figure out how to listen to Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love here at work too.
What am I missing? Any books you’ve loved recently? What’s your favorite podcast? As summer (ok, spring!) is almost in sight, we tend to be in the car more & I do love reading while traveling.