Love, Simon

I’m going to be honest, I couldn’t wait to watch the film as: I had read the book (Simon vs The Homosapien Agenda) and it was great and also I had heard fantastic things about this film from over in the States. So I went into this film, on a sunny afternoon excited to see what was in store for me- but was my overt positivity towards it, blocking out any negatives that could ensue?

What is it about?

Our main protagonist, Simon (Nick Robinson,) has: a supportive family; lots of friends and just a generally ‘ordinary’ life. His only problem is that he has a huge secret, that nobody knows about: he is homosexual. He is not concerned about who he is, nor does he think others will be, but it is just the ordeal of ‘coming out’ that has refrained him from letting others know. However, things really begin to change when he starts to share emails with another “positive-gay” kid in school who is yet to come out, other than on his anonymous profile. Over time they become more comfortable with each other- but when Simon’s anonymity is threatened, how will this affect his once blissful relationships?

What did I think?

This was not the film I was hoping for. It’s attempts to highlight the struggles and awkwardness of general college life, were overdone for me and for long periods the film was just gruelling to watch. For the majority of the film I was just thinking, “I want this to be over” on repeat and was just waiting for a return to sanity. I admit the film made me feel very strongly in a certain way; but, even if this was the intention, I didn’t like it at all. I thought the film-making was well done and the acting was okay, but at points everything just felt clunky and unrealistic, and this really struggled to maintain my attention. Finally, I thought the character development for Simon, was quite flat and from the start he was either elated or depressed with almost no in between.

Now that I’ve got the negatives out of the way I can start on the positives, which unfortunately are much more minimal. I liked the fact that a mainstream film really highlighted the struggles of ‘coming out’ and being gay to a wider audience. I thought the ending was the only thing that recovered the film at all, in the sense that it gave you some reason for watching, but for me it was too little too late.

Conclusion- I didn’t like this film. I wouldn’t say it was bad but I did not enjoy it. Although the ending was okay, for what was the best part of the film, it was still a little underwhelming. I’m so disappointed, as I was really hoping for better with this film.

My Rating- 5/10

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