Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city and exploring his sexual orientation. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school.
Looking back, Love, Simon is a wonderfully written drama on coming out and accepting yourself. The film is now lucky to have a spin-off series in Love, Victor streaming on Hulu.
What’s the story about?
Victor Salazar, a high school sophomore, moves into Atlanta from Texas with his not-so-perfect family who cannot afford luxuries. Victor is trying to figure out his sexuality and joins the same school which Simon passed out of. He mails Simon, asking him for advice on how to figure himself out and face his truths. The entire reel stretch of Love, Victor talks about him running into multiple situations and coming clean out of them.
Love, Victor is a proper teen drama which resembles any Disney show that you pick. It takes place in a typical high school setup, with the rude jocks, sassy teens and nerd gangs. The story builds up very well in the first few episodes of the show, embracing all the characters equally and giving them dynamic sides. As the show moves, the pace begins to drop and the plot progression takes a back seat. However, what makes the show get back on track is the turn of events in the 8th episode, which bring back the smiles in full force and close the season on a high. The uneven pacing in the middle parts of the series is something that could have been altered, for a better result.
Michale Cimino who plays Victor is a great fit to the role of Victor, as he does justice to the confused teen that he is. He also has an innocent side to him, being a perfect brother and a perfect son. But the performance that caught my eye the most is that of Anthony Turpel who plays Felix, playing a nerdish bloke who rules the roost as Victor’s best friend and neighbour. The rest of the cast are all apt for their roles, making sure that they don’t feel out of place.
Music and Other Departments
The good thing here is that famous tracks from artists such as Dua Lipa have been used at the important instances of the show, making us relate to it more easily. The cinematography and the editing are functional, mirroring all other shows in this category.
The fact that Love, Victor is a sequel to Love, Simon and it doesn’t really limit itself to homosexuality and also talks about other things such as LGBTQ and familial tension.
The show has a feeling of a Disney original, but it does lack the hilarious sequences which keep us going even in the rough patches. Lighter moments here would have definitely helped further.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes. I had my complaints in bits and pieces, but overall the show did make me smile.
Do I recommend it?
Yes. If you are a fan of this genre, this is something that would float your boat. I am looking forward to the next season.