Stars: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Logan Miller, Tony Hale, Keiynan Lonsdale, Talitha Bateman, Miles Heizer, Joey Pollari, Bryson Pitts, Nye Reynolds.
Director: Greg Berlanti
Screenplay: Elizabeth Berger & Isaac Aptaker.
An amazing little movie that will be a capsule of very little time in our cultural history. A movie that will date so quickly and for once that is a good thing. A good thing because we are living in a time where this film is needed and needed so badly that it gives you a heart full of fuzzies while it is also breaking. A good thing because one day very soon we will be looking back at the absurdity of how our society is transitioning from tolerance to acceptance, to the ultimate glory of indifference.
However, it does not stop it from ever being easy to come to terms with your own self, a task that not every person has to put themselves through. The veil of general acceptance is not enough to make this experience any less scary, nerve-racking and emotionally devastating...the acceptance of the true love in your heart is wonderful but the leap is the most daunting. Even after the initial 'coming out' phase, that hesitation every time someone asks you a personal question which gears toward that part of yourself even after years of being comfortable with yourself. A learned protective response that is still coating every meeting with a new acquaintance. The irritation of every slight surprise or over emphasis of being 'cool with it' is enough in itself to sometimes not bother and angling the conversation away from the potential topic.
This has very little to do with this movie, but it kind of has everything to do with it. This is the world that Simon (Nick Robinson) must navigate while he is coming to terms with his own truth. A truth that he can share with this one other very special person known as Blue. A relationship built on connectivity, empathy, support, truth, and trust. These two young men have found themselves connecting in a world that believes them to be straight and so must navigate the absurd heteronormativity of said assumption. The heavy handedness of heterosexuality in this film is so glorious that maybe even people who identify as heterosexuals understand the ridiculousness of its ever presence over everything.
A great teenage coming of age tale that is now a well trodden story on the small screen, it is a relief to see if on the big one.