love, simon

★★★★★

Director: Greg berlanti (life as we know it, the broken hearts club)


Starring: nick robinson, keyinan lonsdale, katherine langford, and jennifer garner


REVIEWER: emily Carter

Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it's a little more complicated. He hasn't told his family or friends that he's gay, and he doesn't know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.

Love, Simon felt like a movie I wanted and needed to see. I haven't been out of high school too long, but oh how things have changed. There are so many factors so many of us never had to navigate. Social media of course being such a stronghold over every student, and navigating the ever-changing terrain of acceptance (especially around sexuality and our understanding of what sexuality looks like). Maybe it's time to challenge your pre-conceived ideas, and Love, Simon is a great place to start.

 

Many describe this film as "sweet"  and there's no denying it is, but it's also so much more. It's family dynamics, all the ways to fall in love, the ways we can disappoint friends and the ways we THINK we will. I can easily admit that I shed a tear or two over the relationships in this film and was definitely challenged by what I expected to see, and what I actually did see.

 

Nick Robinson plays Simon - an endearing, lovable and conflicted teen not wanting to disrupt the balance of the life around him. While we don't see too much of Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel (mum and dad), the role they play is so important, and their dialogue is weighty. We can see the importance of their words before they do and it's enlightening seeing their own realizations.

 

The soundtrack is such a delight in this film too, and deserves some recognition. Music obviously plays a huge role in Simon's life and it does in the film too. The eclectic mix is a real treat!

 

A film that has you laughing, crying and learning life lessons is hard to find to find fault in. And looking back at it, I simply can't. 

★★★★★

Love, Simon is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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