Love, Simon is the teen Rom Com the LGBTQ+ community deserves.
Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) , AKA the bravest soul on the planet. Keeping a secret from everyone you love is hard, and it makes you close a part of yourself up which causes you to build walls to keep people out. It’s hard. It’s isolating. It’s painful. It’s real.
Love, Simon introduces us to a closeted gay guy called Simon. He is 17, and he is honest from the outset that he has ‘one huge secret’ which is that he is gay. He hasn’t told anyone. Simon has a normal (ish) life with his 3 best friends, his adorable family and his extra curricular’s. We also note that he drinks way too much iced coffee.
Until one day when everything changes. An anonymous student, under the alias ‘Blue’ posts on the school gossip page ‘Creek Secrets’ about him being gay. Upon seeing this, Simon attaches himself to Blue, creating a new email account to contact Blue. Simon uses the alias of Jacques.
Jacques and Blue email for a while, opening up to each other more and more, all the while Blue’s identity is kept a secret. As the narrative moves on, attention is drawn to 3 characters that could potentially be Blue: Bram, Lyle and Cal. There are hints throughout about who Blue’s identity could be, and red herrings dotted all around. It isn’t revealed until the very end though, and without giving any spoilers I can tell you I was very happy with the Blue reveal.
As the narrative unfolds, a character called Martin from Simon’s drama club finds out about his secret, and blackmails Simon to try and get a date with Simon’s best friend Abby (who is significantly the first person that Simon comes out too). What else occurs is a lot of drama between Nick and Leah, Simon’s other two best friends, as Simon tries desperately to cling on to his secret.
This movie is epic. It is relentless, funny, heartfelt, charismatic and honest. I loved every second of it and I went to see it three times. I actually can’t begin to describe how happy this movie made me feel. I related to Simon to much, but also to every single other character too. I’ve never felt more connected to a cinematic masterpiece.
And also, the soundtrack totally rocks.
If you haven’t had the chance to catch Love, Simon yet, please make sure that you do. My next challenge is to read the book – so I’ll let you know how they measure up!
Peace out babes xox