My Review of 'Love, Simon'
A different take on the adolescent genre. Does it work?
I heard a lot about Love, Simon last year, but never got the chance to watch it. It's been available for purchase and streaming for quite some time, but now I finally got the chance to watch it. After watching it, I don't see the huge deal about this movie. It's basically a typical teen movie. I've seen a ton of teen movies and generally I enjoy them because of the innocence that comes with watching the main character's mistakes and relatable situations. This one is a little different because I've never had to go through the same ordeals as the main character, Simon.
The movie is basically about Simon, played by Nick Robinson. He says he's an everyday teenager that has great friends and a great family, but it's a little bit more than that. When I saw his house and his friends, I started to realize he's got it better than I did when I was a teenager. His family lives in a great big house and he goes to this upper class high school. He has a car and his friends are generally the cool kids of the school. So no, he is not just like everyone else. He's got it better than most, but he does have a secret. After a year out, I guess it's save to tell you that his secret is that he hasn't come out that he's gay.
It's an interesting synopsis because he even talks about how his family, friends, and school are all accepting of homosexuality, however, he's still fearful of letting people know his secret. The film goes into detail as to how liberal everyone is. To add to Simon's complications, he gets a huge crush on a pen pal that is also closeted. Without giving too much of the story away, something gets leaked that he doesn't want everyone to know and his high school life kind of goes array after this happens.
I like how they played on the different pressures Simon experienced from his romance life, to his family life, to his friend life, and to his school life. There are a lot of elements that layer his issues, and after they were described so neatly in the movie, I started to understand his stresses.
The whole cast did a great job in creating a live world that I started to believe it existed. I felt attached to each of the characters. They did a great job dividing their time between characters. It was just enough time to understand where they're coming from and what their motivations were. There were a lot of characters in this movie and it must have been a huge juggle for the director Greg Berlanti to give each of them the right amount of light to keep the movie going without boring the audience.
Of course, it is a teen movie, so also expect that there will be some cliche and predictable scenes. These movies aren't made to win Oscars and I know that when I start watching them. They're popcorn movies that you watch when you have free time. They're also feel-good movies so you don't have to worry about your daily problems. It's funny because Simon in this movie pretty much has everything and he still has problems that you can empathize with.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie and thought it was a good time from the beginning to end. I don't mind that I didn't see this movie right away. It's a movie that I would say people will probably watch if it's running on rotation on TV. It probably will too. I'll give this movie a 7 out of 10. It's enjoyable and a good diversion until the next teen movie comes out.