Love, Simon: Coming out one step at a time

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Love, Simon: Coming out one step at a time

Everyone deserves a great love story.

Everyone deserves a great love story.

Everyone deserves a great love story.

Everyone deserves a great love story.

Taylor Lancaster, Staff Writer

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Guys, I have something to tell you. I really loved Love, Simon. It was a heartwarming story, and brought tears and all of the feelings out of me so many times when I watched the film. This film is worth the watch. So jump in and let me tell you the tale of a boy who thought he was hopeless, and that coming out would be the end of his entire life.

 

Simon, Abby, Leah, and Nick

The story follows our protagonist, Simon Spier, played by Nick Robinson. He’s just like us: an ordinary teen. He has a mom, dad, and a sister he adores deeply. He goes to school, and hangs out with his three closest friends: Leah Burke, Nick Eisner, and Abby Suso. He lives an ordinary life, but there’s one problem. Nobody knows he’s gay. He’s been keeping it a secret for so long. That is, he did, until a post was made on the school’s website about a gay guy at school. Spier then decides to email the guy, and Spier tells the guy that he’s just like him. Spier and the guy (who uses the code name Blue) continue to talk to each other via email. Wanting to conceal his identity, Spier uses a code name as well, which is Jacques.

 

The performance of the actor who played Spier (Nick Robinson) blew me away. He portrayed his character perfectly, showing the actions of a closeted gay kid with such passion and determination. Nick Robinson has also starred in Everything, Everything (2017), The Fifth Wave (2016), and Jurassic World (2015). Spier’s father (Josh Duhamel), mother (Jennifer Garner), and sister (Talitha Bateman) reactions were spot on, displaying the frustration and confusing anyone would to this situation.

Simon’s done keeping his story hidden away.

This movie has come out to be an anthem for people who have trouble coming out. It shows the thoughts and emotions a person can feel when thinking about it. Some people just feel scared to come out or they feel like they’ll be hated by the people they love just because of their sexuality.

 

However, no movie is perfect. Love, Simon has some cheesy interactions between the characters, and the story is somewhat generic. There are a lot of elements that make the movie unique and witty though. It’s a bit of the typical cliché teen love story.

 

I must admit that there was a lot of uncontrollable crying coming from myself during the movie (three times, in fact). But, that’s no surprise coming from me. I cry at pretty much every sad movie there is. If not crying, then you can at least know I’ll be feeling sadness, or holding back tears as well.

Love, Simon is coming to digital and Blu-ray DVD soon

Anyways, I recommend this movie to anyone who feels strongly about the LGBT community, or if you have no idea about the hardships some people go through with their sexuality. It could open up some eyes, and make them see the terrors that people have when coming out.

 

FINAL VERDICT: 4/5 stars

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