Tearjerker alert! I watched this eye opening, indie film today. Although, I admit that when I decided to watch this film, I wasn’t expecting to cry my eyes out. (Disclaimer: I’m a crier. Pisses me off? Tears. Too sad? Tears. Too happy? Tears. Too damn cute? Even more tears.) Anyways, this film is derived from the novel of the same name written by Emily Danforth. Based in 1993, it’s a coming-of-age film about a teenage girl who was caught having sex with her best friend and sent to a “gay conversion therapy” center where they endured extreme emotional abuse to “cure the gay”.
Now lets talk about the cover. Yes, I’m judging a book(movie?) by its cover. Here’s what I knew before I immersed myself into this well executed adaptation:
- Chloë Grace Moretz is portraying the title character
- Jennifer Ehle is without a doubt the antagonist
- Sasha Lane stars [She was preeminent in American Honey. A must watch!]
- Desiree Akhavan directed and wrote the screenplay
Talk about girl power! I am here for this! I am living for this!
Moretz is one of my favorite young actresses. She always brings her A game and with this film she transcended herself. Her portrayal of Cameron Post was flawless. Moretz’s She grips you with her performance as this teen who just wants to be herself and sees nothing wrong with that; yet she understands during that time it wasn’t “normal” to those around her. The line from the trailer, and the film, that resonates with me the most:
“I don’t see myself as a homosexual. I don’t see myself as anything.”Chloë Grace Moretz as Cameron Post
What I took from this was that she just sees herself as a person. Straight people don’t announce themselves as heterosexual; they are just themselves. Cameron Post is just herself. Some might say she is calling herself “nothing” but those seem to be the people not a part of the LGBTQ community. They simply do not understand.
Jennifer Ehle gave me goosebumps with her portrayal of an unprincipled, devout Christian. Ehle was Dr. Marsh; a doctor who believed she “cured” the gay in her brother and could do the same for others. Let it be known that I’m not saying all Christians are immoral, but she showcased that there are some who can be misguided. Her serene, ruthlessness had me shook to my core because she was assertive, yet she also came off as genuinely wanting to help.
This film won one of the highest honors achievable at the Sundance Film Festival; the Grand Jury Prize for Drama and after watching it, I can wholeheartedly see the reason why. This film really opened eyes for people who may not know some of the struggles the LGBTQ community had and continue to face and lets others know that they are not alone. Please go check out this film, I promise you won’t regret it. There were literally no downsides to it, in my opinion. You can find it on Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, or just buy the DVD.
P.S. This is my very first review blog post! If this one sucks, I’m going to work to get better! I’m still learning, cut me some slack guys.(: