"Everything is well balanced without letting the comic relief overshadow the dramatic moments in the film"
Inspired by Becky Albertalli’s debut novel “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” Love, Simon is a delicate young adult love letter to all teenagers struggling to come out during their teen years. Simon Spiers leads a normal life, he hangs out with his group of friends, he is a good student and a good son. However, he is hiding a big secret from everyone, until an anonymous student from his school decides to write a post about being gay and struggling to come out.
Afraid to reveal his own sexuality to all his friends and family, in fear of destroying the image everyone has of him, Simon starts an email conversation and friendship with the anonymous Blue. Both of them are reluctant to reveal their real names to each other, until Simon is outed to the whole school after making a rookie mistake.
First comedy-romance about teenage queer love, Love, Simon is a well made and delicate story about the struggle of being a teenager and discovering your own sexuality.
Directed by Greg Berlanti, the producer behind many of the most successful CW TV shows, Love, Simon has that carefree tone every comedy has, while openly shining a light on the struggle every teenager has to go through once they discovered their sexuality.
Even though, nowadays it shouldn’t be something someone has to declare to the world, society still pressures men and women to come out. However, the message behind Love, Simon is that being gay, bisexual or straight doesn’t change who you are, it is part of you and it doesn’t make you any different. And the film successfully highlights this feeling of universal love.
While it could be easy to turn this story into a dramatic turn of events in which the protagonist has to fight to be accepted, Love, Simon, instead, shows the good side of a coming out story. His family is not ashamed of him, but rather sad because they lost precious time with their son or brother while he was struggling to hide from the world. His friends are not angry with him because he is gay. Rather, they're are disappointed by the little faith Simon had in them because he didn’t trust them with his true self.
What makes the film a nice entertaining story is the perfect mix of irony, comedy and drama. Everything is well balanced without letting the comic relief overshadow the dramatic moments in the film. Particularly touching is Simon’s conversation with his mom, in which she tells him how sad she was to have missed the signals her son was giving her.
The cast ensemble did a stellar job in creating the honest atmosphere needed to tell this story; Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp and Jorge Lenderborg Jr. make the ultimate best friends quartet. Everyone can easily relate to their relationship when thinking about high school friends. Their performance is strong and their chemistry as a tight group is believable.
Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel, playing Simon’s parents, have the responsibility of bringing to the screen Simon’s support system. Their reaction to Simon’s revelation is effortless and heartfelt and it gives to the audience a warm feeling in their hearts.
Love, Simon is a fresh take on a story that up until now has always been painted with dark colours and a dramatic tone. It is a film that finally normalises something natural and real like same sex love.