Love, Simon (2018) – Honesty, Fear, Completeness

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Greg Berlanti
Writer: Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker, Becky Albertalli

Nick Robinson as Simon is just like all of us. Having a happy life, his parents (Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel) so care about him and have high affection for his friends and sister (Talitha Eliana Bateman). His sister is very fond of cooking and makes Simon as her guinea pig. Therefore, everyone is very familiar with Simon’s figure. Apparently, he kept a big secret. His secret could have an impact on his reputation as a teenager if it revealed. What if his parents know? What if his friends know? Does anyone still care about Simon again or not?

His secret is that that he is gay. Of course, Simon very close to his parents. It’s just how it impacts his teenager life. His sister and friends, he didn’t want them to know that he kept the biggest secret. Simon then fears if people treated differently. On the internet, he has an alter ego. Simon apparently found one person in his school who had the same secret. They both shared with each other how they came out and responded to each other by using disguised e-mail.

Most majorities of people on the internet used the same guise. In some cases mainstream social media like Facebook, most used their real names. “Love, Simon” with a sweet, warm and beautiful impression fosters mutual care about how Simon and his friends connect a bond with each other. Of course with his family as well. There is a connection of feelings that link between us. Not far from reality, such a connection cause love for each other. This aspect later adapted from a book written by Becky Albertalli’s “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”. She discussed a realization about someone looking for an identity and improving their association. What I hope for from “Love, Simon” is there are so many great scenes. It’s far from teens movies in general.

Simon lives in a normal life ‘just like you’. An over-the-top sentence continued to shake. Simon narrates how his normal life returns if a big secret could ruin it. I think it’s a matter of summing up if everyone has the biggest secret too. It’s just that, a fear to people that makes us stuck for coming out. Not just as gay, Simon even imagined what if a straight coming out to their parents. The scene is just ‘straight to the default’.

This film has things we can be appreciated. “Love, Simon” has a high appeal value besides a very great cast and great direction by Greg Berlanti. Not only focusing on Simon’s coming out, but the movie doesn’t just focus on romance too. Romanticism is so important in this film and the lives of teenagers. I returned, “Love, Simon” didn’t include general tropes which lowered its own essence value. So that makes this film impress like a mainstream-style movie but it’s not. A Holmes-style detective game, Simon who try to find the same person like him is an important point. How Simon should look for what ‘Blue’ is, this film doesn’t form much of a dramatic peak.

Nick Robinson shows his best performance throughout his career. It’s so real and so convincing. Not over-the-top too, Nick as Simon as if a living character where we really, really care. He doesn’t force the audience to sympathize but we sympathize with him unreasonably. His character makes us understand what the character’s feelings mean. At the end of the movie, Simon managed to take the right choice even though my expectations with the ending were not what I have expected.

There are Simon’s friends who are also important as supporting characters. They are Leah (Katherine Langford), Nick (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) and Abby (Alexandra Shipp). There is Logan Miller as Martin who builds the conflict and there are other characters that act as plot devices. We talk a lot about Simon, Simon, and Simon. Not only Simon, but they all also played a lot of roles in driving the main protagonist especially Katherine Langford and Logan Miller. They finally taught us how love is always there for us. Looking for, coming up, it’s so difficult. However, we will always find everything if we making it easier. It’s not that easy but it doesn’t hurt you if you step little by little.

Teen films sometimes try to stick with their own respective stereotypes. It’s just that there is rarely a film like “Love, Simon”. In addition to this film, there are films such as “Call Me by Your Name” and “Blue is the Warmest Color.” Both films tell LGBTQ characters that are not driven by their own world. However, both films are pure from the chemistry of the main characters. “Love, Simon” is an important movie discusses social and culture with its charming, sweet, and happiness impressions. Some are bigger and so many people just like Simon. Whether they are gay or not, their struggle is similar.