The Beauty of Love, Simon
I was incredibly nervous (and incredibly excited) for Love, Simon. It’s the first wide studio release with a gay protagonist and a gay love story. It’s directed and written by Greg Berlanti, the producer of Riverdale and Supergirl on The CW. There was so much room for error, but along with one of my favorite theatrical experiences (it’s always adorable to see people squeal with excitement), I was so pleasantly surprised with Love, Simon. Coming out of the movie, I felt like I was on cloud nine, and after having some time between seeing the film and writing this review, my first reaction is still the same. Love, Simon is a complex, heartwarming, and beautiful film.
Sundance Film Festival Recap
It’s interesting how, so often, there are a number of movies, books, and albums with a similar vibe and or tone, released around the same time. Ideas seem to strike synchronously for many, resulting in a wave of content of the same/similar genre. How incredible to think that stories sneak into the psyche this way, world and culture wide. While the voices for change have been at the forefront of social media for some time, honest, cinematic portrayals of those who are in the margins are still rather scarce. Sundance 2018 sought to challenge this, head first and unabashed. I saw it with my own eyes, heard it with my own ears, felt it in that mountain air. And it felt good!
Out of the nine films I saw, here are my favorites, in order: