By Victoria Montan
The ultimate movie that is making a huge impact in the LGBT+ community “Love, Simon.” The movie has encouraged many people into coming out to their loved ones. It has also made people feel represented since LGBT+ individuals are not usually a movie’s protagonist and are usually only minor characters.
This is one of the most “empowering” movies to have come out because of the plot of it. Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends,and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.
Many people, such as Gweneth Scott loved the movie, “The movie made me really happy. I feel that us LGBT+ folk don’t get a lot of representation, and when we are, it’s nothing special. We don’t get a lot of character. It’s just fetishized or it’s the only thing about us. Love, Simon put a lot of feeling and attitude towards this...” This shows how people from various communities want to be represented in the movies they watch.
Another person who enjoyed this movie was Declan Collins. “When I originally saw the trailer for Love, Simon, it interested me. There had really never been a movie with a theatrical release that focused on the love story of someone who was gay.” This movies was also relatable because he later adds, “It presented a story with interesting and memorable characters and stakes that I could somewhat relate to. The film did not feel like the creators behind it were uneducated in what they were making or trying to pander to an audience.” The movie felt authentic and meaningful to the creators.
Recently, many movies are being released that focus on a specific community that was previously underrepresented, and this continues that trend. Collins continues, “Love, Simon shows there can be good LGBT+ movies. This movie, along with a few others for different genres, will raise the bar for people trying to make movies like it.” So as you can see this movie is very relatable to people in many ways whether they are part of the LGBT+ community or not, there are themes and topics that are shared by all.
This movie was very much realistic because the people in it were educated on it or had some experience as to how it felt like. An example would be the author of the book in which the movie was based off of, Becky Albertalli. She has worked with people that are from the community making the movie and book much more realistic. Due to this it is one of the best and most three-dimensional movies. Overall this movie was very realistic and not cliched. It was very different from all the other movies and is well worth seeing. As of April 9th it has grossed $37,718,345.
This movie has opened the pathway for a new generation where hopefully people will hopefully be motivated to have an open mind.
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