"funny, fun, and frivolous – the way great coming of age comedies should be"
LGBT cinema has steadily been on the rise. Award-winning spectacles have nestled within our hearts. Moonlight, A Fantastic Woman, God’s Own Country, Call Me By Your Name, and Carol are all telling different and encroaching tales of the community with terrific results. They’ve wowed and astonished, reaching the very crevices of our souls with their endearing tales. The more movies that raise to prominence, the more these stories can reach everyone – opening us up to be more tolerant and accepting of love.
The problem is that most LGBT films are dramas, locked away in 15 plus stories that are unobtainable by young adults and those just discovering their sexuality which is why Love, Simon seems so important right now.
Based on a book by Becky Albertalli, the film revolves around Simon Spier (Nick Robinson), a high-school kid who is struggling to balance his life. As a gay young man, he is threatened by a blackmailer who attempts to push him prematurely out of the closet. Whilst trying to figure out the best way to deal with it, he also is attempting to discover the identity of the anonymous classmate who he has fallen in love with online.
Without meaning to use cliché film criticism but fans of John Hughes’s classics will adore Love, Simon as it rides with the same vibe. The film is a typical high-school film with a lot of heart at the centre of it. Flitting through the day to day life with a spirituous first –person narrative, Love Simon is funny, fun, and frivolous – the way great coming of age comedies should be.
The young, upcoming, and diverse cast are such balls of kinetic energy that you’d be bitterly jealous of them if it weren’t all so infectious. As our lead, Nick Robinson proves how empathetic and accomplished he is as a performer. Robinson is delightful as the epitomes character, portraying the grit against the great as a young adult hero in his very own love story. He is spectacular as the lead here, with Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. as his supportive best friends; they become this really incredible quartet (of course, not without their difficulties). Shout out to Jennifer Garner as Simon’s mother Emily in a truly endearing role and Josh Duhamel who is terrific as his Simon’s father.
Love, Simon isn’t exactly an artistic phenomena like the aforementioned films were but that’s exactly why it’s so special. The normalcy in which the film navigates within feels alarmingly ground-breaking. This is a story which uses ordinary as its golden goose and just adds that extra amount of warmth to create the biggest smile on your face. Whether it’s the rambunctious cast or the kind humour, Love, Simon is a treat.