Love, Victor Review: Hulu’s Feel-Good Sequel Series Plays It a Little Too Safe

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It’s been just over two years considering that the theatrical launch of Love, Simon, the 2018 rom-com that broke brand-new ground as the very first major workshop film to center on a gay teenager romance. The movie is a captivating and also inoffensive coming-of-age flick– and your opinion of the film will likely dictate just how much you appreciate Love, Victor, Hulu’s follow up series that features just the same heart, but too little advancement in its storytelling. Love, Victor– currently premiering Wednesday, June 17; I’ve seen all 10 episodes– stars Michael Cimino(Annabelle Comes Home)as the title personality, a 15-year-old that is struggling with his sexuality as he adjusts to a brand-new city and also a stressful transition to Creekwood High School. You definitely do not have to have actually seen Love, Simon in order to jump right in with the series; Love, Victor swiftly catches visitors up on Simon Spier’s

time at Creekwood, as well as Nick Robinson returns as Simon(using voiceover)when he and Victor strike up a friendship over Instagram DMs. The show has 10 half-hour installments at its disposal– which seemed ripe for a much more comprehensive, complicated exploration of teen sexuality than a two-hour film can provide– Love, Victor only appears to damage the surface area of its narration possibilities, choosing instead for narrative selections that feel a little bit easy and also foreseeable. As Victor tells Simon in the program’s trailer, “My tale is confusing. Some individuals like men. Some individuals like women. Some individuals like both. I’m not also sure what I like.” However as opposed to dive into the nuances of love as well as tourist attraction– particularly the subject of bisexuality, which is underrepresented as well as commonly messed up in popular culture– Love, Victor usually chooses to remain in the shallow end as well as cover much of the very same ground as the film.

In fact, when the show does directly deal with the tangled web that sexuality can be, all of it really feels a bit Afterschool Special-y.” Sexuality is a spectrum!” Victor effuses in one of his chats with Simon, as though it’s the very first time any individual has had that thought, while an additional character later on describes sexuality as “much less of a straight line, and also extra like a Cirque du Soleil program.” Also as it alludes to the unpleasant procedure of finding one’s own sexuality, Love, Victor rarely performs any one of the big swings that it seems to set up for itself. (That claimed, the program was initially ordered at Disney + before it transferred to Hulu earlier this year, which could describe its relatively tame representation of tough topics.)

It does not take as several bold chances as I ‘d hoped it would certainly, Love, Victor does still possess an undeniable appeal. The follow-up is co-created by Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, that wrote the Love, Simon movie script– as well as they’ve definitely improved the formula for a good, old-fashioned pull on the heartstrings. Offered the troubled times in which we’re living, Love, Victor‘s easy heat is absolutely comforting.

The series additionally boasts a delightful ensemble: Rachel Hilson (as Victor’s female love passion, Mia) and Anthony Turpel (as Victor’s eccentric neighbor, Felix) are standouts, and also the show brings some well-paced character growth per of the Creekwood High trainees, transforming them from teen stereotypes into interesting, totally realized people. In fact, it often feels as though Victor isn’t in the limelight sufficient, as some episodes largely sideline his self-discovery in favor of various other storylines. But Victor’s team of good friends is so pleasurable to view– also popular jerk Andrew has interesting shades!– that it’s difficult to mind when Victor’s trip takes a backseat.

For those that loved Love, Simon, its TELEVISION follow up will likely supply some comfortable familiarity (in addition to a couple of fun Easter eggs), and also telling LGBT-centric stories stays as essential as ever. I just desire the program had been a little bit bolder: If Simon Spier can ride that ferris wheel alone before the whole school, definitely Victor might take some bigger threats, also.

THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE: Love, Victor provides the exact same quantity of heart as the movie that influenced it, yet it misses an opportunity for bold storytelling and also a more complex assessment of sexuality.

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