"Love, Simon" Movie Review
Love, Simon isn't just a good film, or even a great film. It's beautiful. Not only is this film the best coming-out story I've ever seen, it goes a step further and dominates the dramedy genre as a whole. It's true to life, true to the heart and spirit and soul, and helps you see things in a light that perhaps you never have before. For a film to get me emotionally invested to the point pf tears on multiple occasions, it has to be wonderful. That's exactly what this film was: beautifully wonderful.
The film follows Simon, a seemingly normal teen boy who is loved by many people and, while he may not be popular, he does have several close friends. None of them, however, know that he's gay. Simon's parents don't even know. He's afraid of how his coming out will affect his friendships and his life as a whole. After meeting a mysterious person online who only goes by the codename Blue, Simon's walls begin to crack as he falls for Blue.
What I loved most about this film is how honest it was. It didn't glamorize or demonize homosexuality. Instead, it showed you that it was nothing more than another form of love and natural feelings. It showed you what it's like for a young man to go through life every day afraid of losing his friends and family if anyone found out his secret. It showed you nothing short of reality, a reality that hundreds, if not thousands of young men and women face daily. While yes there are certain fanatical religious people who spit hate at gay people, the film stayed away from that particular can of worms and focused solely on character development and bringing hope to young gay men and women everywhere. It gives hope to people who may also be afraid to come out and I do pray that it even gives them peace of mind to see on the big screen that they aren't alone.
I don't have one single complaint about the film. The acting and directing were perfect and the story fluidity flawless. It grabbed your attention, made you care, made you understand, and made you feel. It had comedic moments and it had truly heartbreaking moments. Love, Simon is outstanding and I urge others to go see it in theaters instead of waiting for the disc release. It's worth every cent. I give the film a 4 out of 4.
© 2018 Nathan Jasper