‘Call Me by Your Name’ Review

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Review

One of the years most buzzed about movies, ‘Call Me by Your Name’ is a story about first love that stars upcoming star Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer. Chalamet plays Elio, a seventeen-year-old spending his summer in the beautiful landscapes of Italy with his family which he does every year. His father, played by Michael Stuhlbarg, is a professor who takes a research assistant each summer and this summer it is Oliver, played by Armie Hammer. The two form a beautiful romance, in a film that is an honest portrayal of first love.  I loved this film. Director Luca Guadagino’s vision for this film is so pitch perfect in the sense that while the romance in this film is fantastic and Chalamet and Hammer give excellent performances, Guadagino adds details to this film that make it a more compelling film about first love. Guadagino expertly crafts this film around the Italian landscape and how nature can influence feelings as well as included motifs like the music that really enhance the feel and style of the film. The motif of a fly is very interesting, and the best thing I can say about this film is that the romance feels SO natural and realistic. There is no like “revelation” that shows the two realizing that the fall in love with each other. It just naturally happens and it’s so beautiful to watch it on-screen. Another thing that makes this film special is this is also a really good coming of age story. Elio is one of the most complex and interesting teenagers that’s been put to film in a while. Chalamet is absolutely incredible. I admire him to play this teenager who is discovering his sexuality at such a young age. That is a really challenging role I would imagine, and for him to play Elio so honestly and mature its something special. I do believe that he will win the academy award for this film. He is truly that amazing in this movie. Armie Hammer is also excellent. I usually don’t really like Armie Hammer in films but I thought he did a fantastic job in this film. The dialogue, the cinematography, and the craftsmanship of the film are all top-notch. My only issue that I had with this film is that it felt a little too long. But, it’s strange because part of me feels that the movie was the perfect length because it sells the natural bond that Elio and Oliver form. But part of me can’t deny that the film dragged a little bit in the middle. That’s the only negative I have though. The ending to this film is heartbreaking. It’s the tear-jerker of the year, I’ll tell you that. The last shot is stunning and while for sure break you. This is definitely one of the best movies of the year and if you get a chance to see it I highly recommend it.



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