By Lilly (Canada)

 

Love, Simon is an incredible movie in many ways. Many people have said it, but it deserves to be said again. It is truly amazing.

It is the story of Simon Spier, a closeted gay 17-years-old middle-class boy. The character himself is highly relatable to anyone who has had to come out and didn’t know how or when or was confused about the whole process. It emphasizes greatly on how the trouble with coming out isn’t only what other people will think and say – although it does matter and plays a part on a person’s psychological state – but also, and very importantly, your reaction with yourself. The movie also points out problems still present within accepting communities, raising awareness with iconic lines such as, ”Why is straight the default?” Simon himself is funny, awkward at times, addicted to his phone, has a loving family, and friends he’s known for a very long time. The fact that he is such an average boy makes him all the more endearing, all while breaking the walls of gay stereotypes that plagues all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The other characters, Simon’s friends Leah, Abby and Nick, his sister Nora, or his parents, to name a few, are also very well-rounded in my opinion. They’re all different from each other, aren’t always perfect (Simon’s friends think a lot about the repercussions of his coming out on themselves, instead of focusing on how he must feel, his dad makes jokes that aren’t always respectful, his sister is a bit intruding, Leah is too shy, etc.) and make the whole story more believable. Special shout-out to Ms. Albright, a teacher, and Mr. Worth, the principal, who are each hilarious in their own way.

The story itself I found very compelling, and once again, the feelings behind it all were achingly familiar for LGBTQ+ viewers like myself. It is well-structured and flows very well, leading up to an adorable ending. The thick of it is that Simon strikes up an anonymous series of emails with Blue, who is also a closeted gay boy from his school, and quickly grows attached to him. His life takes a turn however when drama nerd Martin sees Simon’s emails and threatens to leak them for the whole school to see if Simon doesn’t help him woo Abby Suso. This leads to a series of funny scenes, dramatic scenes, mistakes, and troubles for Simon. Throughout all this, and I appreciate it very much, Simon stays the same person.

But all in all, I think what is so great about Love, Simon is that it follows the lines of any teenage rom-com. The storyline is not different from all the other movies, and this is what we want as a community: to showcase that the feeling behind the romance, no matter who loves who, is the same. Mirroring that, what you want as you go watch Love, Simon is to see a sweet, cute, love story between two teens, just like you do when you watch a straight love story. It flawlessly works.

Rating: 5/5

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