Why You Shouldn’t Miss
By Macky Macarayan
Teenage flicks come and go, and with the popularity of Young Adult novels, film adaptations have sprung left and right, from The Fault in Our Stars to the Divergent series. However, let us make a case for Love, Simon, based on the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Yes it is both a coming-of-age and coming out film, but this is not your ordinary YA popcorn flick.
In the age of gender fluidity, it’s still puzzling that many are still clueless regarding gender, sexual preference and gender politics, among other things. Love, Simon is a step forward for mainstream studios, focusing on a gay coming-of-age story that accurately portrays youth dynamics in a tech-driven world. The film, among its many important and heartfelt messages, tells us that coming out is never anyone’s decision but your own.
Pop Culture References
From Harry Potter, to Requiem for a Dream, to 13 Going on 30, take your pick of pop culture references. For fans of 13 Reasons Why, Katherine Langford, who played Hannah Baker in that series is also here, as Simon’s bestfriend Leah. In several scenes, the students are rehearsing the musical Cabaret, which is set in Nazi Germany (Hitler hated homosexuals). Also, since we’ve already brought up 13 Going on 30, it’s no accident that Simon’s mom is played by…
Jokes aside, this movie will make you wanna hug your parents. They really ARE doing the best that they can. <3
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Posted by 20th Century Fox on Wednesday, May 9, 2018
We’ve loved Jennifer Garner since her Alias days, and as she has now been doing mostly mother roles ( Miracles from Heaven and now this film), we still hold our breath everytime she appears onscreen. Garner delivers a line with such empathy that whenever she cries, you cry with her.
Love, Simon has a collection of tunes guaranteed to make your heart skip a beat: Whether you like The 1975 (“Love Me”), Bleachers (“Rollercoaster,” “Wild Heart,” “Keeping a Secret” and “Alfie’s Song”) or Troye Sivan (“Strawberries & Cigarettes”), or perhaps all of them, chances are you’ll be humming endlessly after the film.