Love,Simon is a 2018 coming-of-age drama film written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. Directed by Greg Berlanti, based on the Becky Arbertalli book ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’. Starring heartthrob Nick Robinson in the titular role, a high school homosexual boy, who still hasn’t come out to the public. The film also stars Katherine Langford, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and Josh Duhamel in supporting roles.
Love, Simon tells the colorfully crafted lifestyle of an ordinary high schooler, Simon Spier, who has a rather routine between his family of 3, and best friends at school. He has one big secret; he is gay. Apart from the struggles of keeping up with a normal high school life where everyone is trying to get with someone, he has troubles over his identity. He hides the truth about it everywhere, but is ecstatic when he hears that there has been a confession from another kid is publicized under a pseudonym. He begins talking to this other kid through email, as pen pals, also under an alias. This has a deep change in him feeling more confident that ever, and also is introduced to a new girl whom he feels a connection with. Confusion ensues, hearts flutter, but the movie keeps the tempo going on with the themes of young adult life and generational changes. There are many heartfelt scenes of self- discovery and does not disappoint even towards the end.
What we liked in the movie
Love, Simon, is a reflective diary entry, which documents the day-to-day experiences of a closeted gay person. Simon has a deep impact on the narrative of the story, progressing its plotline through careful narration and specificity in emotion. Robinson’s acting is also on point, with his dedication to the character’s feelings deep-rooted.
Love, Simon also acts as a love letter to all those still lost in their paths of finding themselves. It acts as a thumbs up, a check post and a green light to all those still scared rather than confused. The movie was an emotional rollercoaster, uniformly warm in its approach and carrying a certain sense of comfort.
Another highlight could most definitely be the soundtrack for the film, using a mix of retro 2000s music with new school rhythms. Love, Simon definitely hit the nail on the head with the transporting journey we take on.
Why watch Love, Simon?
It is a guide, not just for the LGBTQIA+ community, but to those who are still lost regarding the grand scheme of things. It is not every day that such a deep and mindful movie is made regarding the troubles of a teenage soul. The actors also make it worth checking out, because they never lose control of the flow effortlessly. If romantic drama is not your kind of picture, then check out our review on the mystery-thriller Searching or the adventure drama Jungle Cruise.