Simon Spier (Nick Robinson from The 5th Wave, Everything Everything, and Jurassic World) is a Creekwood teen and has a quartet of best friends; Leah (Katherine Langford of 13 Reasons Why), Abby (Alexandra Shipp of Straight Outta Compton and X-Men) and Jorge Lendenborg Jr. (Brigsby Bear, Spider-Man: Homecoming.) Simon’s known Nick and Leah for most of his life and Abby just moved three months prior. Simon also has a sister named Nora he actually likes, though he does not like her experimental oven creations, and a mom and dad who have been happily married a very long time. Oh, and don’t forget their dog, Bieber. And his family would probably be supportive of him if they found out he was gay, but he’s kept it entirely to himself for the past few years and can’t seem to find the right time to tell the world. Why he’s not completely sure. He knows his family would support him. Maybe he’s scared of announcing who he is to the world and wants to wait for graduation from high school. Then on the high school’s main blog page, another gay boy who also isn’t out of the closet says it under the pseudonym Blue. He said life is like a ferris wheel; when up, it feels you’re on top of the world before hitting the bottom again. Simon begins an anonymous email-relationship with this Blue, but as he tries to discover who it could be, his emails get into the wrong hands.
I read the book already, titled Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda, and gave it 3.25/4, or a B+ in my book. I liked it an awful lot but it didn’t impact me on the same level as two other LGBT books, One Man Guy and Guardian. I did just finish reading History is all you Left Me and I enjoyed that book about as much as this one. Anyway...
So, I’m gay as well. I’ve said it to a lot of my friends and family and I’ve already said it on social media, but not on this site before. I think I realized it when I was 16. And when I did, a million flashes of horror ran through my mind: What are my parents gonna say? Do I have any relatives who are all of a sudden not going to love me anymore? Am I going to get bullied and teased in school all over again like in 6th grade, which inspired my book, The Blacktop Brothers? And having children? I’ve always wanted to raise a child and still really do. So is adopting good enough for me? Am I fully prepared to walk out in public and admit I’m attracted to men? There’s also a special girl who I’ve known since I was 3, and we still are best friends. When we grew up, I always fantasized a life with her. Was I going to break her heart? Was I going to have to live with making someone cry over this? All of a sudden, I was more-than-half thinking this was a curse. And Love, Simon mirrored every one of those emotions I had. That’s why I just blabbed all that stuff. This movie has the sort of impact that makes you feel like you should let the world know a secret of yours. Not just your sexuality, but maybe your feelings for an individual, what you want to be when you grow up, the unfairness of a controversial issue.
I already knew who Blue was, having read the book, but I was still ready for it to be different. About half an hour in, an interesting storyline choice was put in and I thought they completely spoiled who Blue was by having us see him type in his perspective. And I worried that was going to make me not love the movie because for one thing, the mystery of who Blue was was one of the greatest parts about the novel. And second, it wouldn’t have been hard at all to keep it a secret in the movie too. But then we learn that actually, we’re in Simon’s imagination as he tries to picture each boy typing the emails he’s sent. What started off rocky became a perfect puzzle piece. And not only that, but the book started off while Simon and Blue had already talked prior on their emails. The movie version goes to the very beginning. I loved that. And there are several story details that are just taken to the next level in every way possible, such as Robinson’s acting towards a calamity that happens an hour in, a scene that could’ve been awkward but turns realistically charming and even a little heart-warming, and sad scenes that punch in the gut like nobody’s business.
Even the guy who ends up blackmailing Simon, Martin, is sort of likable. I knew a lot of people growing up like him, who just want to be noticed by someone they have a crush on. And when things go terribly awry, both characters end up in a very bad personal crisis, showing you can do something bad and still be a good person. I can relate to that easy as ever. And it’s not just Martin that gets a chance to be explored. A lot of the minor characters are looked into as well without ever distracting from the story, such as the only gay teen who’s out of the closet at the school, Ethan, the drama teacher, the vice-principal, and the family members. It feels like a full local community. And I won't spoil how the movie ends, but I've already seen Love, Simon twice and both times I finished it crying, terrified, and about the happiest ever.
Pretty much every beat in Love, Simon is spot-on and heart-racing. There’s one thing I wish was addressed in the end climax which wasn’t, but if that’s the only thing I have to criticize, I’m cool with it. It’s, ahem, coming out tomorrow on Digital. I can’t wait to see it again!!!