Thanks to the dating app Chappy, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a complimentary pre screening of the prevailing new movie Love, Simon. I didn’t really have any preconceived ideas concerning what to expect from the rom-com. However, I did have a vague idea regarding the subject of the movie due to the trailer and was intrigued by the films tagline “Everyone deserves a great love story.”
Adapted from the book “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” and directed by Greg Berlanti, this movie is a huge milestone for LGBTQ cinema and succeeds on its own merits. Based in a picture-perfect American suburb this high school rom-com is a heartfelt, sentimental and significant classic that has a mass appeal within mainstream cinema. Following in the footsteps of other LGBTQ classics such as Call me by your name and Moonlight this movie unquestionably takes the viewers on an expedition of emotions and intrigue.
Without revealing too much, the storyline is based around an adolescent gay guy named Simon (Nick Robinson) and his struggles to deal with coming out to his family and friends. Establishing a relationship with a mysterious boy over Gmail who goes by the alias of Blue, Simon becomes somewhat infatuated with identifying the mystery man to confess his affection towards him. With the support of his friends and family Simon tackles bullying, blackmail and humiliation in his journey to finding himself and falling in love. Check out the trailer here to find out more.
I personally really enjoyed the movie, in particular the message that it portrayed to its audience. I feel like it gives a powerful perspective into the life of a young person struggling to come out as gay as well as providing an insight into how the people close to them deal with the news. There are still many people in the world who are ignorant to the fact that everyone is different and this movie is a prime example of how everyone deserves to be accepted and how love is love no matter what your gender or sexual orientation.
The reaction to the movie has been extremely positive. You only need to glance over Twitter to see how much of an impact it has had on its audience with many people even gaining the confidence to come out to their family and friends. Even the BBC reported on the movie calling it “Love, Simon: the teen film helping people to come out.” Celebrities have been buying out cinemas to share the movie with their family and friends and people have been thanking Simon on social media for giving them the courage to accept who they truly are. If you haven’t seen this movie yet I strongly recommend you do as it is a real eye opener and is rapidly becoming a heart warming classic.
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