The Miseducation of Cameron Post - Review
Sprinkled throughout this blooming world of LGBTQ film is the occasional lackluster movie on the subject. Recent films like Love, Simon have showed a new trend; smarter comedy and sharper commentary, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post elevates the genre.
Chloë Grace Moretz is cast as the titular Post, in a role I was nervous for. The actress has starred in a handful of Young Adult crap-fests (If I Stay, The 5th Wave), so I was understandably nervous for her first leading role in a drama. Her supporting cast, which includes the recently stellar Sasha Lane and newcomer Forrest Goodluck, are incredible demonstrations of naturalism. While older cast members like John Gallagher Jr. and Jennifer Ehle do well, it is the younger actors who make the film. Moretz plays the film very cool, almost aways reacting to what is happening rather than doing anything to control her life. This perspective echoes the sentiment of millions of teenagers who feel that the world is decided for them by those who claim to know best. In Cameron Post, that authority is Christianity.
A unique focus on natural beauty and cinematography gives Cameron Post a special flare, one it rides all the way. The 90s setting is utilized wisely through music, fashion, and general beliefs that are never forced. The film has the feel of the change from Winter to Spring, a slow and arduous transition, and unavoidable. By the time the main characters are riding into the sunset, a painting appears, full and rich despite its raw inspirations.
Dialogue in Cameron Post is some of the best I've seen in any film this year. Moretz is an excellent spearhead for the plot, and maintains a mysterious nature that always kept me interested. The plot moves the story forward, but more importantly it reveals Cameron's nature, forming a complex and deeply hurt character in need of a friend. By the time the final shot arrived, I was ready to see more, and even thought I would be watching a routine journey into the mountains. Sudden jumps are not this film's strong suit. Cameron Post is at its best when it revels in the moments in between drama, the cracks that form a complete person. Dialogue and cinematography bolster the film out of the Young Adult graveyard of the last decade and into the art house drama category that is destined to win awards. Honestly, you could do a lot worse than this.