LOVE, SIMON (2018) Review
Directed by Greg Berlanti
It’s a story about family, it’s a story about self-discovery, it’s a story about love, about friendship. Love, Simon takes us to the every day struggles of a normal teenage guy who has a normal teenage life, except for one thing: he’s gay.
It may not be newsworthy today for a teenage guy to be gay but how Love, Simon presented its story is fun and at the same time, sincere. The characters seem to be inspired by those we know, by those we heard of, by those we see everyday. It’s not usual that coming-of-age films gets to be done right because some try too hard on making things complicated but with Love, Simon, we meet a character that seems uninteresting but deals with a lot of things that are relatable to everybody.
Being gay may not cater to all audiences, but dealing with a connection with someone that you feel is already love is kind of universal. Being different or feeling that you’re different in a pool of people that are yet to discover who they really are or who they want to be is nerve-racking. In addition to that is the feeling that you want to be daring in everything because it feels like it’s the end of the world. These feelings, these situations, we felt that way, we’ve experienced those one way or another and that’s what Love, Simon perfectly presented and more.
Love, Simon is a sweet, refreshing, fun and heartfelt story of a guy who questions why being straight is a default and why only gay people have to come out. It answers its own curiosities of the journey of Simon, visually and emotionally. Making it a satisfying coming out, coming-of-age film that does more than just tell a story of a high school kid.
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Love, Simon” opens May 9 in Philippine cinemas from 20th Century Fox, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Rated R-13 by the MTRCB.