On March 16th, the longawaited film Love, Simon, directed by Greg Berlanti, came out in theatres. On March 23rd, I had a chance to watch it.
We’ve seen many films with characters that situate themselves somewhere on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, but few movies feature the coming out stories of these people. This said, expectations were high. There was no room for disappointment.
I liked how we would see things through the main character’s mind. During the movie, Simon would receive emails from a guy named “Blue”, another closeted guy at his high school. Not knowing who “Blue” is, Simon would imagine different guys writing the message. Depending on who he thought was “Blue” at a specific moment in the film, the person in the shot would be them. When he had no clue, the person’s face simply wasn’t shown.
As Simon tries to figure out who “Blue” is, the audience does too. Is it the pianist? The waiter? Who knows! The way the film was set up, the audience is thrown off track many times. As soon as there was a possibility, BAM! something happens; eliminating the person from the list of possible fellow gays. This is what kept me in my seat. I always found myself rooting for a different person.
What I didn’t enjoy? The fact that the characters were too typical. None of them had something that made them special, that made them stick out. They were all your average, boring teenage students who didn’t do much more than go to school. Have a bandstand musician, a mathlete, anything! The characters were, in my opinion, plain.
Overall, I give this film a 7/10. The story was great, but the characters would have needed more “Oomph”.
Originally published in Bandersnatch Vol. 47 Issue 11 on March 28, 2018