LOVE HAS NO LIMITS – LOVE, SIMON REVIEW

Hey guys!
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First off, before we get into the review, I just want to wish you all a happy pride month! I hope everyone’s doing great and has been enjoying their delve into the summer so far! Now onto the post…
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I have been wanting to go and watch ‘Love, Simon’ for the longest time and well, I was finally able to do so a couple of days ago! I was so incredibly happy to see a major studio company producing a film about a gay student coming out, therefore serving as their first movie of this type. Unfortunately, as most of you are well aware, this storyline and movie would have never even been released a decade or two ago, reminding us that although we used to live in a very close-minded world, lots of improvement has been made. That is why I refer to movies such as ‘Love, Simon’ and ‘Call me by your name’, as history-in-the-making!
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‘Love, Simon’ is a 110-minute-long drama/rom-com, directed by Greg Berlanti and heavily based on the best-selling young-adult novel called ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ by Becky Albertalli. Now that you have a bit of background information on the movie, let me get into the actual story!
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The plot revolves around a high-school senior, Simon (played by Nick Robinson; famous for ‘Jurassic World’, and ‘Everything, Everything’), who is basically your everyday boy-next-door. He lives with his adorable sister (played by Talitha Bateman; famous for ‘Annabelle 2’) and two incredibly attractive parents (Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel). Simon, the protagonist, spends the majority of his time at his high school, surrounded by his closest friends which include Leah (performed by Katherine Langford; known for her role in ‘13 Reasons Why’), Nick (by Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) and Abby (played by Alexandra Shipp; famous for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’). Like I mentioned before, for the most part, Simon’s life is completely normal, except for one thing, that he’s gay and has yet to come out…
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Throughout the film, the audience sees Simon find an online friend who he can confide in, otherwise known as ‘Blue’. This character is evidently anonymous, but more importantly, is just like Simon is that he is gay and a closeted student at his high school. He and Simon (who respectively calls himself ‘Jacques’ online) exchange emails daily. They fall in love behind the safe curtains of the internet and everything is wonderful and although secret, really great… up until Martin (played by Logan Miller), a horrible classmate of theirs messes it all up. He does so by snooping around in their school library and by using a computer to witness first hand the conversations between ‘Blue’ and ‘Jacques’. Martin then decides to blackmail Simon as he has a crush on one of Simon’s closest friends. The blackmail involves the catch twenty-two that if Simon doesn’t help Martin, he would reveal to everyone that he’s gay, but if he does help him, he would lose one of his closest friends to the romantic agenda of a bully.
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One thing that I truly liked about ‘Love, Simon’ is that we don’t know who ‘Blue’ is for the entire movie, and only find out in the very last scene! This decision of keeping the audience in the mystery too really places us in Simon’s shoes, where we too are able to wonder about who it might be, going from one person to the next, trying to pinpoint ‘Blue’. Another feature that I adore about this movie is that eventually, we realize that Martin isn’t as bad as we thought and that he genuinely isn’t the antagonist of the film. This neutral, rather passive outlook on bullying reminds us that everyone can be a bully and even more so, that those who do always have a reason behind it.
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The only thing that I thought was missing from the movie was depth to Simon’s character. Although Nick Robinson’s acting was great, most of his speech sounded slightly superficial. Don’t get me wrong, the story does revolve around him being gay and shows a beautiful evolvement of his confidence but unfortunately, nothing else. So yes, I can genuinely say that at times, his character felt very bland… Regardless of this default, the movie was still fun and engaging! I’m also so so so glad that Simon got the happy ending he wholeheartedly deserved – if only the whole world was a fairytale-like this one!
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All in all, ‘Love, Simon’ didn’t try to be something that’s it’s not, and for that, I applaud it. The film doesn’t aim to be exceptional and doesn’t seek perfection. The producers understood that this wouldn’t be a breakthrough movie, and therefore their use of the script and the actors were much more authentic. It’s your everyday rom-com and it’s also a great step in the right direction supporting LGBTQ movies. To simplify, it normalizes what was once taboo and celebrates our contemporary and modern outlook on the gay community. Honestly, in my opinion, the film is the perfect comedy to go watch this summer and to enjoy all year long! Watch it with friends or family and let me know what you think about it!
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Overall, I would rate this film an 8/10 as I still preferred ‘Call Me by Your Name’ (read my full review about it HERE) but enjoyed ‘Love, Simon’ nonetheless. Both films are evidently different and special in their own ways but something about Elio and Oliver’s romance hit me more than Blue and Jacques’. Maybe that’s just due to their different time setting – maybe it’s the technology that dilutes the rawness of their romance… but wasn’t it technology that introduced them in the first place? What do you think? ‘Love, Simon’ also differentiates heavily as it is well, a comedy, and is therefore slightly corny and genuinely easy-going.
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I recommend this film to anyone with a big enough heart to see the normality of homosexual love. If you don’t, don’t ruin the film for the rest of us.
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That’s it, guys! Let me know if you saw ‘Love, Simon’ or if you are going to do so soon! Also, have you seen ‘Call Me by Your Name’ yet? Which one do you prefer? Let me know!
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Lots of LOVE – as always,
Tiffany Lea

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