WORTH A LOOK?: *****
UK RELEASE: 6/4/18
Hard to believe perhaps that Love, Simon is the 1st film by a major Hollywood studio to focus on a gay teenage romance.
- Read on for reasons including how friends on social media started recommending this film
It’s also unlikely to be the last – as not only has it received much critical adoration but its box office is already more than three times the size of its budget.
Love, Simon is actually based on the successful novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli and is about a closeted gay teenage boy growing up in present day Atlanta, Georgia.
He has close friends and family who don’t know about his sexuality and begins writing via anonymous email address to fellow student ‘Blue’ (whose actual identity he is unsure about) about the secret that they both share.
If this was a news story it would probably later be revealed that ‘Blue’ was not quite who he seemed but this reminds of 80s teen movies like The Breakfast Club in that it wears its gigantic heart boldly on its sleeve.
We came to this movie late because we started seeing Facebook and Twitter posts from friends saying it was a film they wished they’d seen (or had been made even) when they were younger.
We can’t think of a more genuine recommendation. Prepare for tears later as things don’t quite go to plan with an ending on a literal Ferris wheel that doesn’t disappoint.