It's just a sweet coming of age story about a guy who happens to be gay. How refreshing to like all (or almost all) of the characters. No violence, gore, or really horrible people. Sure, it's an idealized version of reality, but sometimes we need a movie to escape into, as well as learn from. I would rate this 8.5 because there are a few moments that come off as less than perfect... but I rounded it up to a 9 because they took a huge risk: not about making a "gay" movie, but about making a positive, sweet, idealized one.
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Love, Simon (2018)
Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.
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A young coming-of-age tale about a teenage boy, Simon Spier, goes through a different kind of Romeo and Juliet story. Simon has a love connection with a boy, Blue, by email, but the only problem is that Simon has no idea who he's talking to. Simon must discover who that boy is--who Blue is. Along the way, he tries to find himself as well.
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Maybe America is not that jaded after all...Reviewed byRossVote: 9/10
There have been plenty of teen romantic comedies over the years and, being a cynical man in his forties, I have long since outgrown them and do my best to steer clear, knowing that I am definitely NOT the target audience for this type of film, therefore I shouldn't really be commenting on it. Nowadays, films are doing their best to be 'inclusive' and 'diverse' in their casting/storylines. Many times this feels forced and comes across as simply a gimmick to drum up a little extra word-of-mouth to help promote the film. 'Love, Simon' so could have been one of those, but I'm glad to say that it's not.
A teenage boy (Simon, believe it or not!) is coming to the end of his senior school and leads a pretty normal life, apart from the fact that he's secretly gay. However, his plans of 'coming out' in his own time (possibly at college) are thrown upside down when he starts engaging in online correspondence with another - apparently gay - student. This leads to him rethinking his plans, so to speak.
It's nice to see this kind of story given some sort of big-screen treatment. If you went to school back in my day (80s/90s) then everyone was heterosexual and no one was gay. Statistics prove again and again that that is impossible and 'no one' is gay simply because no one is going to commit what (again, back in my day) was 'social suicide' by 'coming out.' Now - thankfully - I understand that school-age children/young adults are much more at ease which letting people know who they really are without fear of negative reprisal (although 'Love, Simon' does show that side of people's reaction to such news from a fellow student).
It's a bit of a 'who-done-it' really. I know I shouldn't, but I couldn't help but think of 'Scream' while I watched it. Although, technically, the films are nothing alike, 'Scream' makes you guess who the killer is from a cast full of potential young suspects, whereas 'Love, Simon' sees if you can figure out who the other student Simon is speaking to all the way through (for the record, I got the answer wrong in both films!).
The young cast are all believable as friends and their banter is the type you'd expect among youngsters, plus there are plenty of swipes at the 'youth of today' that us 'oldies' will enjoy. The only real 'weak link' in terms of the casting was the one main representative of the teachers at the school, the vice principal. He was just way too wacky to be believable. The way he behaved just wasn't how a teacher would (or at least, once again, I'm going off my own experience back in the day - feel free to correct me if this is 'normal' for a teacher!). In my opinion he was more like Krusty the Clown from 'The Simpsons' than someone who was supposed to educate. Plus I'd have probably ended the film about ten minutes earlier than it did - you'll probably see where I mean if you watch it.
But, those were just minor gripes, the film is excellent and uplifting, even for an old cynic like myself. School life wasn't like this in my day and, if this is the way it's going, it's definitely a step in the right direction.
'Love, Simon' may be an enjoyable coming-of-age film, but it misses the mark of being a great film due to the fact that it is too simple and uninspired. The characters felt cheaply written, with no real depth, and the protagonist was not as likable as one should be in this genre. The plot itself was rather predictable and had one of the most unrealistic endings that came off as ridiculous. The movies attempt to normalise the gay community and portray them as no different to the straight community, yet undermines itself by constantly stereotyping the LGBTQI community, again and again, ultimately contradicting the key message trying to be shown. I also find it rather misleading to portray a coming out narrative as so blasé and nonchalant, when for many individuals, this is certainly not the case. However, all of this is not too say this is a bad film. Many critics and people have expressed all the great things about this film, so I decided to focus more on the negatives. But, there are certainly good things worthy of mention. It has a great cast, with Nick Robinson, Alexandra Shipp and Jennifer Garner being the highlights in the film. The humor in it is fine, with many laugh-out-loud moments but not many of them are memorable (excluding a hilarious and cringe-worthy reference to Grindr). This film certainly attempts to appeal to the millennial generation, with it's many references to pop-culture such as Hamilton, Buzzfeed and Trump references; and it certainly succeeds to a certain extent; the audience will be able to relate to the society it reflects. However, the film ultimately lacks to create a relatable narrative; but rather an unrealistic and misleading one.