Yesterday I was only at work regarding some changes being made, so I had meetings and had to sign a bunch of legal papers blah blah blah and then was out early. I didn't want to go home, I wanted to do something enjoyable for a change so I decided it was my gay duty to go see Love Simon, a movie about a high school kid coming out.
I have read many negative reviews regarding this movie but for Pete's sake people, this is a movie about a gay high school kid/coming out/love story and not The Gay Shape of Water! I liked it (lol)... so go suck a lemon! Yes, it is a cute movie, a feel good story like Disney goes gay or something along those lines. I think the intended audience is however the younger generations so people need to stop being so serious with the reviews. There is a lot of humour in the film so I don't think it's intended to be a major drama.
I found it reminded me of forgotten emotions from my past growing up gay. There were times I found myself blinking really hard to keep my eyes dry. I could certainly feel the moment when he is trying to tell his parents, the words "I'm gay" are pretty hard to get out at first, I thought the actor did a good job getting that emotional awkwardness across. I think there is a powerful message from the mother played by Jennifer Garner, it's when she tells her son that he deserves everything in life that other kids get to strive for. I think that message is going out to all the LGBTQ kids who don't have a parent to say that to them. I know I would have appreciated hearing a positive message like that when I was seventeen. I have a feeling we will see this movie playing on television from time to time in the future, which will also boost the self acceptance of LGBTQ kids. Despite all the warnings about being offensive, the only thing I could see offensive to straight viewers, was that the main character is gay.
The one scene I didn't really like was the ending with the ferris wheel, it was a bit too much and also earlier I lost a bit of sympathy for the main character when he was being so careless with his friends relationships. I felt a vibe like the teen movies of the eighties coming from the film, made me a little nostalgic for my high school days. There is a Hollywood happy ending that everyone keeps complaining about but seriously why not, why can't we have our happy ending. I wouldn't mind seeing this movie again in the future when it comes out on DVD.