Love, Simon becomes classic

Trinity Brown, Staff Intern

Love, Simon, directed by Greg Berlanti, was released March 16, 2018. Based on the book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, it follows the struggles of a gay teenage boy.

Simon Spier, played by Nick Robinson, is a closeted young male who has yet to come out, to anyone. However, this all changes when a anonymous boy comes out on a social media outlet used by most of Simon’s high school.

The anonymous boy, nicknamed Blue, and Simon become friends and communicate through email. They share personal information, and Simon comes out to him. Unfortunately, under certain events, another student discovers the emails and uses the information to blackmail Simon.

Simon, trying to appease his blackmailer and figure out Blue’s real identity, struggles to maintain his relationships after the truth comes out. The blackmailer has been using Simon to keep his friends Abby, played by Alexandra Shipp, and Nick, played by Jorge Lendeborg Jr., from dating. When everything backfires, Simon is lost on the opportunity to “come out” the way he wants.

Leah, played by Katherine Langford, is of my favorite characters and Simon’s best friend. Ultimately, Simon’s actions end up hurting her most. I took to this character because she embodies how people should treat those who are different. She is kind and open minded. When Simon attempted to apologize to her, she told him that she wasn’t upset with him for being gay but for lying and not telling her. Later, Leah forgave Simon and understood that he was struggling.

Simon, determined to get his own happily ever after, asks Blue to meet him on the ferris wheel. This is my favorite scene because his friends and fellow peers come to support him, which expresses how important acceptance is. They all wait for what feels like forever and start to have their doubts. Will Blue reveal his identity?

I strongly recommend watching Love, Simon. It is educational and teaches viewers circumstance and consequence when it comes to, not only what could be the reality of someone who is homosexual, being truthful with yourself and others.