The film “Love, Simon” can simply be described as a spectrum of emotion. The audience experiences every emotion ranging from anger to sadness and pure complete happiness. The one hour and 50 minute film captivated me in its entirety.
“Love, Simon” fits itself into a category of movie that is hard to come by today. As a romantic comedy that tackles modern day scenarios, it is a movie that has the possibility to becoming as iconic and well known as that of “The Breakfast Club,” “Clueless” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Each of these movies captivated audiences of their time and “Love, Simon” has done it again.
Director Greg Berlanti known for his work with series such as; “Riverdale”, “The Flash” and “Supergirl” combines his work with the writers of “This is Us” Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker to exemplify this one of a kind narrative first formed by Becky Albertalli in the acclaimed novel. Albertalli, who worked with at risk LGBTQ youth before curating the novel, makes it possible for the audience to rest in knowing the plot as accurate.
The plot point that formulates the movies unique plot is that Simon, the obvious main character, is gay. Not yet out, the plot follows along with his journey of finding love in high school, while remaining anonymous and going through his journey of coming out. This journey is what makes the movie so engaging. Simon faces high school bullies, an unsure father and close friend conflicts to for this engaging plot.
I myself am a hopeless romantic, just like Simon, so watching him have his happy ending gives hope to every hopeless romantic, dealing with unique struggles each of us face. The loose ends that are neatly tied at the end of the hour-fifty, left the filled theater on opening day in a literal standing ovation, yes I cried. In case you were wondering.
Because a journey of discovering one’s true self is something nearly every person can attach themself to, the film rounds itself out in the most satisfying of ways. In order to prevent myself from giving too much of the plot away, all I can say is that I laughed, cried and felt every emotion in between, leaving me emotionally fulfilled in the end.
The cast including big names such as Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford and Nick Robinson combines a diverse group of acting styles that make the viewer able to connect more fully to the plot of the film. For a movie about high school kids in today’s world, the storyline within is something that could connect to nearly any generation. The struggles that are illustrated throughout have a way of being relatable to someone who is not even going through something nearly similar.
In today’s digital age, the storyline cohesively combines modern technology and former nostalgia becoming popular once again. Through email chains, a relationship everyone hopes for one day is formed, while a vinyl spins on a record player in the background. Oh and did I forget to mention, the soundtrack has been on repeat since nearly minutes after finishing the film.
A soundtrack filled with modern soon to be classics about romance and teen freedom fits into this movie nearly perfectly. I mean who would have thought that Bleachers, Whitney Houston, Jackson 5 and Troye Sivan would round out to create the perfect soundtrack and illustrate the sense of adolescence throughout the film. I also believe that the soundtrack is a part of what makes the movie so empathetic for the diverse audience that it has reached. Overall, “Love, Simon” has created its own genre of movie and is something that will influence generations to come.