By William Curzon (United Kingdom)

 

Love, Simon follows Simon Spier (Nick Robinson). Who keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger’s script for this film is wonderful. It is brilliantly adapted from Becky Albertalli’s novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”. Most of the characters are written with so much detail, that I instantly became interested and wanted to learn more about them. I also want to highlight that this is a mainstream teen romance told from the perspective of a gay man, this is very uncommon and something we don’t get a lot from a big studio film. The humour that is implemented into the script works so well on a number of occasions, references to pop culture that were made during the film made me laugh out loud. This film was much funnier than I expected which again is due to the script, and to the performances given from all the actors.

Nick Robinson is tremendous. This is the best performance I have ever seen from him. He is painfully real but fortunately he’s not over the top and the sense where you feel like he is begging for sympathy. This is also another big strength for the film, it’s not looking at Simon’s character and asking us to feel sorry for him. It’s just asking us to relate to him. It’s so easy to relate to Simon if you have ever had any struggles in school of any kind, there is something for everyone to appreciate in this film.

The rest of the supporting cast were equally fantastic. Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner play Simon’s parents, and they were such important characters in the film because it’s about their son coming out, so it’s interesting to see how Simon’s parents and friends react to it. Jorge Lendeborg Jr. Alexandra Shipp and Katherine Langford portrayed Simon’s best friends and they were all excellent. One character in the film who hangs around with them I didn’t like at all. I felt like his character went too far with his actions that he became very unlikable as a character. This was mainly used to drive the plot forward, but unfortunately the film didn’t do a good enough job to redeem him if they ever needed to redeem him. Also the drama teacher in the film Ms. Albright (Natasha Rothwell) was hilarious and one of the highlights of the entire film.

Love, Simon is a brilliant film which is both charming and witty. The performances are fantastic, the script is great and filled with comedic and dramatic moments. I loved it’s representation of homosexuality and the heartwarming message it left me with. It has instantly become my favourite film of 2018 and I can’t wait to see it again.

Rating: 5/5

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