A contemporary coming out story that will warm your heart.
This post for Love, Victor Season 1 contains spoilers.
From book to movie to a ten-episode television series on Hulu—Love, Victor (2020, created by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger) transcends boundaries and tells a heartwarming coming out story of Latino character Victor Salazar (Michael Cimino), who comes from a conservative family background.
Love, Victor succeeds in associating itself to the original 2018 book-to-movie adaption, Love, Simon. Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) from the original movie returns in this TV adaptation through voiceover narrations of “Dear Victor” Instagram messages and a special appearance in one episode. I enjoyed how Simon was weaved into the story, as he served as a mentor who is guiding Victor in his coming-out journey.
In this TV series, a budding queer romance between Victor and his classmate Benji (George Sear) is teased throughout the season. Both characters have incredible on-screen chemistry and attraction, as they are well cast in their respective roles. Furthermore, the scenes they appear in together are well directed, shot and edited, which certainly helped amplify the romance between the pair. Cimino and Sear have shown capabilities in portraying their characters in a sweet, handsome and charismatic way; it is impossible to dislike them, even though Cimino’s Victor does have flaws throughout the season.
Apart from Victor’s own struggles with his sexual identity, the series explores the marital issues between Victor’s parents, Isabel (Ana Ortiz) and Armando (James Martinez), as well as the teenage angst of his younger sister Pilar (Isabella Ferreira), whom in my personal opinion is the worst character on the show. Other side characters such as Victor’s new BFF and neighbour, Felix (Anthony Turpel), is too overly awkward and eccentric as a character, which makes him lose his authenticity as an in real-world Gen Zer. Mia (Rachel Hilson), who is Victor’s first love interest, has a moderately interesting backstory that fulfils the entertainment purposes for the series.
Something the series also does well is its consistency in using contemporary music, which is performed by various young artistes. Throughout the entire series, I probably heard three of Finneas’ songs in different episodes. Many of the tracks used are also fitting for the setting of the scenes.
Love, Victor does end on a high note, but rather than continuing with Victor’s story, I would much rather see anthological LGBTQ+ stories in future seasons—a suggestion made by Grace Randolph from Beyond The Trailer. Although the series is a nice representation of a Latino teen figuring out his sexual identity, the writing of the show lacks excitement, as many of its subplots are predictable. There are definitely better teen rom-coms and dramas that are available to stream, but hey, if you have run out of entertaining shows to watch—Love, Victor would be a perfect binge.