Movie Review: Love, Simon

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! So I went to go see Love, Simon last Friday with Oli as it’s just been released in the UK. I haven’t read the book yet but I wanted to blindly go and see the movie regardless – any LGBT related film means I’m definitely going to see it.

I didn’t really know what to expect from the movie and since I haven’t read the book I had no idea what it was supposed to be like.

Love, Simon is about a normal boy growing up in a normal school (relatively normal minus the weird principal) with normal friends he loves. He has a loving family but has a secret. Simon is gay and hasn’t told anyone, not even his best friend Leah. However, when Simon hears that there’s someone else called Blue at the school who is gay but has kept it a secret, he instantly messages him and goes by the name of Jacques. Blue and Simon talk via email for weeks and Simon is determined to find out Blue’s identity as he’s starting to fall in love with him.

They both encourage each other and inspire one another to tell their family and friends that they are gay but Blue is still kept a secret. That is, until Martin threatens to out him and Simon unless he sets Martin up with his friend Abby on a date.

When Martin’s date proposal goes terribly wrong, he angrily outs Simon anonymously and things start going wrong. Blue refuses to speak to him and Simon’s friends are angry he lied to them.

But as you can imagine, they soon forgive him – even Leah who was secretly in love with him. Simon is still trying to identify who Blue is and asks him to meet Simon at the Ferris wheel.

Overall, I really enjoyed the plot of the film and how even though he didn’t meet Blue, he still loved him for his personality. Isn’t that what everyone wants to be loved for?! This and the fact that Simon brings up the whole “Coming Out” issue is great. He thinks straight people shouldn’t have to be the default sexual orientation. Why don’t we all come out? We do any of us have to come out?

The only thing that was disappointing was the fact they made Leah fall for Simon when they would be better off just friends. I also found it rather strange how she suddenly forgives him for everything and she doesn’t have feelings for him anymore. It seemed unrealistic.

If you haven’t already, go see the film, have a laugh and maybe even a cry. It’s a beautiful love story about acceptance and falling for someone’s personality instead of their looks.

Please let me know in the comments what you thought about the film and if the book is any different to the film – I’m really interested to find out!

Until next time, love Vee x

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