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Love, Simon Review

Fatima Syed, Staff Writer

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A new blockbuster in a long list of rom-com teen movies breaks stereotypes and expectations. Love, Simon by director Greg Berlanti, hopes to inspire and relate to any teenager that has ever felt alone or scared of change. Based on the book “Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda” by Becky Albertalli, the story follows a normal teen with a big secret.

 

The movie’s main protagonist Simon Spier is an awkward teenage boy living a basic life full of friends and family, save for the fact that no one knows he’s gay. In a chaste and optimistic portrayal, the movie does a wonderful job of showcasing a sexuality that is often sexualised or humorised.With humor, mystery, and a twist on a classic love story, the film has something for everyone.

 

The movie’s soundtrack is produced by Lakeshore Records, with music by Bleachers, Troye Sivan, Khalid, Normani, and many more. The soundtrack is light and typical for a coming of age rom-com.

 

Stars such as Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner appears alongside up and coming actors Katherine Langford and Keiynan Lonsdale. The diverse cast also includes Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, and Nick Robinson as Simon. 20th Century Fox surprised us all by producing a movie featuring a gay protagonist, considering the company isn’t well known for its progressiveness.

 

Marketing was done very well with sweet and corny lines such as “He’s done keeping his story straight.” Or even “Dear moviegoers, please form a line at concessions. It doesn’t have to be straight. Love, Simon.” Grossing $11,756,244 on opening night, it was a huge stepping stone for the LGBTQ community. This could be the start for more and more movies with representation for minorities.

 

Putting aside the political weight of the movie, Love, Simon had the potential to be just another cliche filled limbo movie, not good, but not bad either. However with tasteful bits of reality and humor it turned out to be a masterpiece. Playful and light for the first two acts but then heart wrenchingly relatable the last third. It reached out to every person that has ever felt lost in life. With the main protagonist Simon, dealing with his demons and putting his life back together after a dramatic turn.

 

From the producers of Fault In Our Stars, it shouldn’t be a surprise that tears were flowing by the end of the movie. Love,Simon had a story that gave everyone a sense of what it’s like to be young and in love. Similar to a pop song, the movie may be predictable, but it makes you happy and leaves its uplifting storyline stuck in your head.

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