Love, Simon (2018)

Love, Simon (2018)

2018 PG-13 110 Minutes

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the...

Overall Rating

8 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • Love, Simon delightfully encapsulates the struggles and benefits of "coming out". To start with, yes I am gay. Does everyone know? No, they don't. I will do my very best to not make this review personal and solely focus on the film itself. Simon is an average teenager in high school who leads a normal life, except he has one big secret...he is gay. He confides in an anonymous individual, simply known as "Blue", to which he attempts to decipher the real identity of this mysterious entity that he has fallen in love with. This film...I don't know what it's done to me, but it has changed me. Rarely do I walk out of a cinema experience and feel enlightened to actively want to change myself for the better. There are a numerous number of factors to this. The excellent natural character development that differentiates each other to create memorable personalities. The witty humorous screenplay that intelligently balances the emotional heartache with a light tone of warmth and tenderness. The charismatic acting, particularly from Robinson, that conveys the complicated feelings and the internal battle for wanting to "come out". The excessive bubbly narrative tone that resembles the high school environment that is being portrayed. All of the above represent colourful components to a gay rainbow that is an incarnation of the word: relatable. I cannot begin to fathom how rare it is to find a film that illustrated my life. Love, Simon did just that. I saw myself in a myriad of characters, that's enough reasoning to prove how thorough the character development was. I teared up twice and the "coming out" scene to his parents tore my heart into tiny pieces. Sure, it slightly leans towards the fluffy side of teen drama where it detracts from some more emotional moments. Yet I find myself compelled to inform you that this film is an important step for cinema. A mainstream Hollywood drama dealing with the agonising process of "coming out". How many of them can you say you've seen? I smiled, laughed, teared and sympathised. Now if you'll excuse me I've got some wrongs to right in my life.