“Do you ever feel weird?”
Love, Simon, the movie adaptation of the 2015 novel of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and the début book from author Becky Albertalli, is the touching coming of age, teen rom-com that will have you on a Ferris wheel of emotion.
High school is tough, being gay in high school is a lot worse, and, not being out to anyone is a level of hell very few will understand. This is where we find Simon, the instantly loveable main character, who, despite your sexuality, you have no choice but to empathize with. While having great friends, a fantastic family, Simon is hiding his secret, some would say a little too well. On the surface, life is excellent, but when the school’s anonymous Tumblr account gets a coming out post, he can’t help being intrigued. Creating his own secret Gmail identity, the pair starts emailing backward and forwards until the fateful day the account is left logged in on a school computer, rookie mistake. One we have all likely have been guilty of. This is where you can guess what begins to happen to our everyday hero.
The story is just stunning; you can’t help but be transported into Simon’s world. For those who have come out, there are so many moments you identify with (and cry over) and for those who haven’t it provides a window into what it would be like. Nick Robinson, Simon, plays this with such conviction it is like the role was made for him. The subtle looks, the half smiles can bring us all back to being teenagers in love, figuring things out and finding our places in the world. Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel being cast as his parents, while being in supporting roles stand out and bring lighthearted comedy as well as emotional depth to the film. Mix this with the outstanding soundtrack and Love, Simon will be a movie that will stand out in your memory. It will challenge opinions on why coming out as gay has to be the default, show how friends and family react to such ‘news’ and let you experience one teenager’s journey to self-acceptance.
This is one review where I don’t want to go further for the risk of spoiling your experience. Love, Simon is a movie that will and is breaking barriers. It is the kind of movie I wish I had as a teenager to look up to and that thousands of young LGBT people will be thankful exists. It is the kind of movie you can show friends and family and go, “See! This is what it is like.” It is a testament to the power of film and what it can do to spark discussions, add to social conversations and maybe, just maybe go about changing opinions.
Love, Simon arrives in UK theatres on April 6th, 2018. I was lucky enough to see it ahead of time (more than once) through Show Film First. While this isn’t a sponsored post, I wanted to give a shout out to them. Sign up, wait for an email and hopefully see a movie for free before it ‘comes out.’
We all deserve a great love story, no matter who we are, or who we love. Time to stop holding our breaths, time to exhale.