Every now and then, a soundtrack comes along that makes us fall in love with a movie before we’ve even seen it and keeps fans reliving the film long after the end credits. Think: “Say Anything…” and Lloyd Dobler holding the boombox above his head or the closing scene of “Dirty Dancing”. As soon as Bleacher’s ‘Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)’ starts playing in “Love, Simon”, you will understand that this is one of those cinematic moments.
“Love, Simon” is much more than the story of closeted teenager Simon (Nick Robinson), who falls in love with an anonymous schoolmate he meets online. The movie and the soundtrack capture the craziness, excitement and nervousness of falling in love for the first time, but unlike other YA movies, “Love, Simon” addresses the experience of coming out. While Simon hides a lot of his emotions onscreen, the audience understands what he is feeling and thinking through the music.
The soundtrack’s curator, Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff, should take enormous credit for creating such a pitch-perfect score. From The 1975’s “Love Me” when Simon and his friends approach school to Khalid’s “Love Lies” when Simon needs reassurance as he faces a potential unrequited love dilemma, it’s undoubtedly one of this year’s best.
Hit play and prepare to fall truly, madly, deeply.
Listen to “Love, Simon” Soundtrack on Deezer
“Love, Simon” is in UK cinemas from Friday 6 April 2018.