I LOVE “LOVE, SIMON”
Everyone deserves a great love story whether they are straight or gay and that is what Simon is looking for; a great love story. “Love, Simon” is a delightful coming of age story about a young man who is gay but he has chosen not to tell anyone. Simon, a senior in High School, dreams of “coming out” when he attends college in California the following year.
This is not a story of a young man in a dysfunctional family. Simon, starring Nick Robinson in the title role, has a loving, supportive family ( Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner), three very close friends and does well in school. His senior year is progressing well until he begins an email correspondence with an anonymous gay person online who is only identified as “blue.” Simon’s nom de plume is “Jaques,”
Two of Simon’s closest friends are women, Leah (Katherine Langford) and Abby (Alexandra Shipp) and one is a guy, Nick (Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.). Every morning, Simon picks up his friends and iced coffees as they make their way to school.
A little geeky class mate named Martin,( Logan Miller) is in love with Abby and wants Simon to help him with her but Simon refuses. When Martin uncovers Simon’s emails with Blue, he blackmails Simon into fixing him up with Abby.. As you can figure, everything goes drastically wrong from there and Martin eventually “outs” Simon.
The performances of the young actors in “Love, Simon” are very realistic and sympathetic.
This is a well-written, well-acted and well-directed film. The script was adapted by Elizabeth Berger and Issac Aptaker based on the book, “Simon vs. the Home Sapiens Agenda.” The film was directed by Greg Berlanti.
What I liked about this film was that the conflict doesn’t come from the usual suspects. Generally, the parents are the bad guys who fight, scream and refuse to accept their son’s sexuality, but in this film they are lovely and supportive of their son’s lifestyle. Yes, they are not sure how to respond and it brings some humor to the situation but they are not negative and this differentiates this movie from others.
Take a little Kleenex with you. There are some poignant moments that will bring a tear drop or two but there is humor in this film, too.
If you don’t want to drive to St. Louis to see “Love, Simon” you can catch it at the Granite City Cine this weekend and it is worth the time to see this sweet movie