Media Assignment Response 2: Christina [@ladybiird] from Letterboxd
On Letterboxd, a social media for film lovers, user Christina shares her experience when watching The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018). In her review, Christina establishes her credibility as a queer viewer in order to praise Desiree Akhavan for the balance she manages between the lighter and darker moments of the film. I agree with Christina’s observations that Akhaven utilizes an occasional comedic tone to contrast the heavier aspects of the reality the characters are facing. Christina claims that Akhavan’s queerness contributed to her success in this endeavor and is evident in the film itself as it handles the characters’ emotional journeys. This leads into her final point about queer unity, the bond between Cameron, Jane, and Adam, which Christina claims is one of the film’s most powerful aspects. To expand upon her claim, I argue that the queer unity Christina observes promotes the balance Akhaven has between the film’s tones. During scenes focusing on the trio while alone, Cameron, Jane, and Adam demonstrate solidarity and the shared processing of their experiences when in the safe spaces they create for themselves. Christina relates this queer unity to the experiences of queer youth in real life. Thus, I propose that this positively impacts Akhaven’s ability to successfully establish a balance with the film’s serious and more light-hearted tones.
@ladybiird [Christina]. “Review by Christina: The Miseducation of Cameron Post.” Letterboxd, 18 August 2018. https://letterboxd.com/christinas/film/the-miseducation-of-cameron-post/.