“Love, Simon” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

27 March, 2018

Director: Greg Berlanti
Screenwriters: Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker
Director of Photography: John Guleserian
Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner 

Synopsis: A teen struggling to come to terms with his identity searches for meaning in burgeoning romance while navigating the pressures of high school and family life.

Love Simon Review:

An e-romance with “Breakfast Club” zest, “Love, Simon” is an instantly iconic teen treat for a new generation of misfits, sipping from red solo cups, stealing carnival kisses, and cheering from the bleachers with a rousing love for all that came before it. Quick-witted, sincere, and ready to face each and every hurdle that adolescence has to offer, the movie expertly normalises same-sex romance through a new-age Ferris Bueller, volunteering Simon as the humble and self-conscious everyman who just so happens to be gay. A future staple with infectious energy, the film finds the coming-of-age in coming out, making history in each of its even-tempered scenes and leaving viewers with a spring in their step at the behest of a heart-warming and heartfelt story.

Coming home intoxicated but always before curfew, “Love, Simon” trades friction for family values, finding warmth in the cosy space between a mumsy Jennifer Garner and goofball Josh Duhamel whose honesty as imperfect parents humanises the supposed teen enemy. Obliviously supportive of their troubled son, the film’s parental unit become the comedic backbone to serious themes, grounding transitional phases with compassion and honesty while imperfectly navigating the obstacles of parenthood.

Bounding with contagious affection for everyone in its paper chain of flawed characters, “Love, Simon” pushes Simon’s internal battles outwards, rendering his struggles human and universally relatable when placed against an abundance of interpersonal obstacles. Situated firmly in the space between adolescence and adulthood, the film captures youth in revolt with “Boyhood” brilliance, striking arrows through hearts and perusing social media, excavating both the good and the bad in life’s most crucial stage of development. One for the ages and a memorable moment in the history of teen cinema, “Love, Simon” is an unmissable treat that’ll leave you with a giggle in your belly and a tear in your eye.


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Love, Simon