Love, Simon…a movie review by Tayla Rosen

March 25, 2018 by J-Wire
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An inspiring story of love and honesty takes viewers on a journey through a more light-hearted coming out story than previous films of its kind.

The director of films such as The Flash, Arrow and Super Girl, Greg Berlanti definitely shows his softer side in this charming rom-com.

The film follows a teenage boy named Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) who has hasn’t told his family (Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner) or friends (Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) that he is gay. When Simon falls for an an online anonymous classmate named Blue, he wont stop until he can uncover who he is.

When Simons emails with Blue are leaked online, his secret is out and instead of turning the film into a typical ‘feel bad’ story, he pulls himself together and makes his search for Blue public, attempting to enlist the help of everyone around him.

Nick Robinson definitely serves the character justice. He is able to capture Simon’s joys and struggles in what is ultimately the first major studio films to feature a gay lead character.

However, although the film definitely depicts the ups and downs of coming out, Simon’s experience is undoubtable downplayed. His friends stick by his side, his parents and sister are very understanding and eventually the school is on his side, backing him to find his one true love.

This refreshing and positive take on a coming out story depicts a utopian experience of what one should experience during their time of need. It’s definitely a film that was unknowingly needed and is worth viewing.

The film is suitable for an audience of 15 years +, even slightly younger with parental supervision. Anyone with a heart and appreciation and support for the LGBTQ community shouldn’t hesitate to watch this film. It is definitely worth everyone’s while.

 

Rating: 4/5

Director: Greg Berlanti

Cast: Jennifer Garner, Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Josh Duhamel, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr

Screening: 24th March

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