Love, Simon Review
by H. Thomas
***** 5 Stars
Simon’s experience being outed will hit home for many viewers as an awful experience, and the high school setting appeals to a vulnerable audience.
Director: Greg Berlanti
Cast: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp & Logan Miller
Simon Spier is a 17-year-old with a perfectly normal life. He has a loving family, a wonderful group of friends and is surviving school well. However, he has a huge secret – he’s gay. When another student anonymously posts about their own experience with their sexuality, Simon gets in touch, referring to himself as Jacques, and begins to fall for the unknown boy – that is, until Martin (Logan Miller) finds Simon’s emails, and uses them to blackmail him into helping him date his friend Abby (Alexandra Shipp). Terrified of being exposed to a school full of teenagers that have been less than accepting to the only other gay boy in the school, Simon fights to keep his secret, while desperately trying to get closer to, and find out the identity of, the mysterious boy in the emails he knows as Blue.
Realistic and relatable to the point of almost being painful, this film truly represents the experience of being an LGBT+ teenager and figuring out your identity. Simon’s experience being outed will hit home for many viewers as an awful experience, and the high school setting appeals to a vulnerable audience. However, this being one of the first LGBT+ films without an inappropriate relationship and with a happy ending is revolutionary for the community, and it will give many people hope and make them feel loved and ‘seen’ just by seeing themselves in the media. Combined with the wide representation in the film – besides the gay characters, there are also three black lead characters, two of them being Jewish – this film is a beautiful, cheesy happily-ever-after creation that the LGBT+ community have been waiting for – realistic and understanding of the struggles the community goes through with themselves, friends and family, but also giving a powerful sense of hope and happiness to those watching, validating their experiences and making them feel as if they will have that experience, one day.’
Love, Simon is available to buy on Prime Video and was rated 12A by the BBFC.