I must admit that I have wanted to see “Love, Simon” since I first heard the previews on Pandora. So, when the opportunity to do a movie review for it presented itself… it just seemed like the perfect excuse to go see it. And let me tell you, I’m so glad that I did.
“Love, Simon” (directed by Greg Berlanti who has written and produced for “Arrow” and “Supergirl”) follows the story of Simon Spier, a closeted gay teen in suburban high school near Atlanta.
One day, Simon’s friend Leah tells him about an online confessional of a closeted gay student at the school, who goes by “Blue.” Simon immediately messages Blue and the two begin talking. It isn’t long before Simon and Blue start to for a genuine connection and fall for one another. But, secrets can’t stay that way forever and Simon is about to learn that the hard way.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I went in expecting to enjoy it, but I didn’t expect to feel so intensely connected to some of the characters. You really feel their ups and their downs at some points. That intense connection is rare for me in movies, so it was wonderful to experience that.
Nick Robinson, who plays Simon, was probably my favorite part of the film. It was a wonderful performance. None of his humor fell flat for me, which is saying a lot since I’m generally apathetic to comedy. He also made me cry way more than I thought I would in this film. Just a word of advice: bring tissues, and wear your waterproof mascara.
If I had anything bad to say about this film, I would say there was a lot going on. There’s the central plot and then several other small plot arcs throughout the film, which is sort of a nitpicky thing to point out. But there were some things that I felt could have been cut. But then it wouldn’t be such a fantastic movie, so maybe don’t touch it.
Really this movie is incredibly sweet and fun. I super enjoyed watching it and I would highly recommend this film to anyone who enjoys movies (especially romantic comedies!).