Simon Spier is enjoying his final year in High School, hanging out with his friends and having a great life with his family. The only problem is that he is keeping a big secret from everyone, he’s gay. It’s not something he has meant to hide away but when a threat to out him comes he does everything possible to try to stop that happening.
When I first saw the trailer for this film I thought it looked like it had some great messages in a very good and nice way. Having now seen the film in a nice three-week preview thanks to it being the Cineworld Secret Screening 7. Probably the first time I have been happy to see a film’s title flash up on the screen. In the past few years we have had some fantastic coming of age films and this one certainly sits with them! (Edge of Seventeen, Lady Bird to name two of them).
It takes on the task of showing how a seventeen year old boy is coming to terms with his sexuality. How he has kept it from his very loving family and friends for many years now. The thing is though it doesn’t really shove all of that in your face, it is done in such an understanding way. Making you just think of it like any other High School and growing up film. I think that is very important as surely gay people should be encouraged to be happy with who they are? I therefore found it poignant from start to finish. As thanks to a blog Simon finds someone else in the same situation he is in, only knowing him as Blue.
They exchange emails and really support and help each other throughout this difficult stage. In the process though he does become blackmailed after stupidly leaving the emails opened on a computer, this then tests the boundaries of his closest friends when Simon makes some very bad choices towards them. Leah, Abby and Nick all of which are then not happy with Simon and they stop speaking.
Don’t get me wrong though as many parts of the film follow the usual High School formula and nothing groundbreaking for those scenes. But that is not really the point is it because that is going to happen when you’re a teenager you are going to have arguments and make bad decisions and not speak to your friends at times. The difference with this one being that your sexuality does not have to define you at all. It is something that shouldn’t really make any difference at all. His family were fantastic and showed amazing support, which I found to be another very positive thing about this film.
Nick Robinson deserves a lot of credit for his performance in the film, with the mixture of emotions he had to go through I felt as though he did a fantastic job.
I liked that it also kept away from the whole gay stereotypes yet also poked fun at them at times as well, the college and musical dance scene being just well hilarious. I thought the fact that the character of Simon would never have come across in a gay stereotype was a good thing as well, because why do we still even have those stereotypes anyway? I really did enjoy this film and very pleased to have it as such a nice preview!