Poignant, funny and entirely relevant in today’s society, “Love, Simon” was a champion film with lots of elements behind it. Crowd and critic consensus will tell people that “Love, Simon” was a major hit, especially among those of the LGBT+ community. It reveals a lot about the community and the struggles the people within it face on a daily basis. Whether someone is gay, bisexual, transgender, or anything else, they themselves may relate to the “coming out” experience the titular character, Simon Spier, faces.
Based on the novel, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens’ Agenda” by Becky Albertalli, the story behind “Love, Simon” opens many doors and is unparalleled in its work. More books written by Becky Albertalli include “The Upside of Unrequited” and “Leah on the Offbeat”.
In the beginning of the film, people see Simon as a regular, everyday boy with good friends and a good family who love and support him in his endeavors. The only difference, however, is the secret he keeps, his sexuality. Throughout the film, he struggles to come to terms with accepting and feeling validated in his sexuality. This is something many people within the LGBT+ community can relate to, especially because of the way the world may perceive them.
One day, Simon discovers there’s another boy in his school who is secretly gay through a public post on social media by an anonymous account with an attached email. Out of curiosity, he decides to email the account with a mystery name and account, Jacques, and hope for the best. Soon enough, the account, with the mystery name Blue, emails him back and a series of emails begin.
Although things may seem all good for Simon and Blue, this is soon to end as his fellow acting partner, Martin Addison, discovers their emails when Simon accidentally leaves his account open on a school computer. Following this, Martin decides to blackmail Simon into getting one of Simon’s friends, Abby Suso, to form an interest in him (Martin). This is where the story begins.
The story compels audience members to see Simon’s point of view and in doing so, really relates audience members to the struggles people within the LGBT+ community face on a daily basis. These struggles are very realistically exhibited throughout the whole of “Love, Simon”, with Simon’s struggles being celebrated as a part of his being rather than pushed aside as something to be ashamed of.
The story also has ties to the LGBT+ community in reality away from the fictional plot. The representation shown inside and outside the film, through different characters and many actors, affects many people, specifically those within the LGBT+ community. With two actors: Keiynan Lonsdale, who plays Bram, one of Simon’s friends and prospective love interests, and Joey Pollari, someone who works at Waffle House and is another of Simon’s prospective love interests, the representation shown in and out of “Love, Simon” is effective in many ways. Lonsdale has come out as bisexual while Pollari has come out as gay. Even the director of “Love, Simon”, Greg Berlanti, is gay himself.
With a fully diverse cast of people within the LGBT+ community, “Love, Simon” explores boundaries few movies have carried out. Following the track movies such as“Moonlight” and “Lady Bird” have set, “Love, Simon” shines bright. Love is something to be celebrated as Simon begins to explore his relationship with Blue and grows more as a person.
The film also has a great soundtrack with features from artists such as Troye Sivan, The 1975, and multiple songs from Bleachers and Jack Antonoff, the group’s lead singer. This soundtrack really helps tie the storyline together in a beautiful and interesting way and puts all of its pieces in their places.
“Love, Simon” is a cinematic masterpiece which shows a sign of progress and growth in American media and will hopefully push the envelope for representation even further. It is rated PG-13 and is currently in theaters.