The Importance of Love, Simon
Disclaimer: Mild spoilers for Love, Simon and/or Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Yesterday I went to see Love, Simon (the movie adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and I have officially had to add it to my short list of movies that I cried during. It was an absolutely beautiful story that had me feeling so many things.
I’m not going to go into depth or do a full-on review of the movie, but I did just want to get out some thoughts I had about it.
If you have heard about Love, Simon, you have probably also heard the attention it has been getting from both the media and the general public online. To me, this movie was such a giant step in representation for the LGBT+ community because it gave the message to LGBT+ teens that they are allowed to have happy lives and healthy relationships, which is emphasised in the tagline “Everyone deserves a great love story.” They also steered clear of, in my opinion, two of the most common themes in past films that have focused on LGBT relationships. The first being homophobia, and I’m mean the violent hate crime kind of homophobia, and the HIV crisis. I absolutely loved how the film didn’t portray Simon as staying closeted for fear of being attacked, abused or shunned by his family but because of his fear of change and his understanding that it would change how people viewed him, even if it wasn’t in a necessarily negative way. There are only two characters in the film that are publicly homophobic, two bullies who I didn’t bother to learn the names of (if they even had names), and when they were taunting Simon, the teachers and the vice-principal had them stopped and punished.
If you haven’t seen the movie, this next part I talk about is gonna spoil some of the movie for you, so click off if you want to go see the movie spoiler-free.
My absolute favourite scene in the entire movie is after Martin outs Simon and he goes to talk to him in the parking lot and Simon starts saying how being out should have been his decision and Martin took that away from him. To me, that scene was so powerful because it can resonate with any person within the LGBT+ community, both those who are out and those who aren’t. With myself identifying as asexual, it’s a little less of a big deal who I share that part of my identity with but I am still much more comfortable knowing that I am in control of who knows and who doesn’t. It absolutely broke my heart to see Simon have to come out to his family, at a time that he wasn’t necessarily ready, because he had been outed to the world.
I think that’s enough emotional rants for one day. Remember, to all my LGBT+ peps, whether you are sure of who you are or are still questioning, whether you’re out or not, you all deserve a happy ending.