Media Assignment Response 3: Alistair Ryder

Alistair Ryder is a member of the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics’ Association (GLECA) and currently writes for the Gay Essential, a magazine dedicated to cataloging and reviewing LGBTQ films. In his review for The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018), Ryder identifies the film’s lighthearted moments as a natural part of Cameron’s subjectivity, but notes how this also contributes to the film not addressing the emotional trauma faced by the characters until the end of the film. Ryder notes that the book was able to handle Cameron’s subjectivity in that respect, explaining why the traumas of other characters are not explored, and how the film missed an opportunity to expand upon this in its adaptation. While I have not read the book, I agree with Ryder that the film could have done more for developing the other characters in the story. The brief snapshots of the other campers when Cameron reads their icebergs did not offer further insight on how the other teens were handling the difficulties they faced within God’s Promise. A moment in the film that almost comments on the serious effects of the conversion camp and rejection of the campers’ families only acts as a catalyst for Cameron and her friends to run away at the film’s conclusion. In short, I agree with Ryder’s observation that the film may have benefitted from an extended run-time in order to accommodate more character building from campers other than Cameron.


Works Cited:

Ryder, Alistair. “Gay Essential Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post.” Gay Essential, 7 Nov. 2018.

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