Love, Simon is a good coming-of-age movie about the complicated love story of a young closeted gay man.
Starring Nick Robinson (Simon), Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel, I particularly appreciate how well written and cast the story is. I now think that a part of me had probably been waiting for a good teen movie that was different enough from all the others I’d loved before (not a deliberate reference to Netflix teen movie hit To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) – and this one happens to tick the boxes.
It could very well be the sunshine that made everything appear so beautiful but the film’s location was actually a highlight, thanks to all that light and colour. Director Greg Berlanti’s movie deals well with a good amount of the challenges that come with being a teenager (gay or not) in high school in America. And he does this without delving too much into the darker aspects. This is a drama/comedy/romance after all.
Performance-wise, Robinson and the rest of the cast do a good job in their roles, including the annoying character who I’m sure I found especially irritating because he was supposed to be. The good news is that he does eventually become less so, both to me and everyone else in the story.
I write all the above to say that I’m a fan of Love, Simon because it’s well done. I also love what it means for representation. Watch it because it’s good and ‘feel good’.
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