Most films that have the central focus of love doesn’t have that lasting effect on some people in real life. Even though some like La La Land or Before Sunrise makes me believe love exists, I know it won’t come anytime soon. Call Me By Your Name’s story revolves around the affection of the subject in the purest and honest way told in 2017.
Based on André Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same name, 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) lives in Northern Italy with his family, and his father’s American assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer) stays over for the summer of 1983 to help him out. Over the course of the season, the connection between them and what follows is a romantic relationship between Elio and Oliver.
Heard many things about Call Me By Your Name, and they’ve been highly positive. This is also one of those movies that premiered at Sundance and a lot of festivals. A part of me was thinking this was either going to only for hipsters or people who will appreciate indies more. Didn’t think I was only going to like it, but not love it. Quite the opposite because Call Me By Your Name just felt real in every scene film.
Luca Guadagnino, director of I Am Love, A Bigger Splash and the upcoming remake of Suspiria, beautifully directs each and every one of his scenes with flowing compassion without feeling dull and unrealistic. If you were to tell me that this takes place in 1983 Italy, it would be hard to notice. Thanks to writer James Ivory (Howards End), he does a fantastic job at adapting Aciman’s work as the dialogue is some of the most authentic lines put to screen. A lot of scenes are just people talking and it didn’t feel bored at any point.
If we’re going to be talking about somebody who might do damage around the Oscars, that name is 22-year-old Chalamet. Really the only things I remembered was in Interstellar and the horrible Love the Coopers. But Elio is a deeply driven character that fits his style completely. He’s a bit of a loner that likes to read, swim in the lake, and work on this music. But it seems to be something hiding inside him that nobody knows about. He was already great in Lady Bird, and this is for sure an Oscar-worthy performance that’s going to be remembered as one of the best of the year and is going to be known as the biggest breakout star of 2017.
Now, I’ve never been a fan of Hammer besides The Social Network. But other works he’s been in were either terrible (The Lone Ranger) or just wasn’t great (Free Fire). Honestly, this is his best performance of his career. Hammer was perfectly cast as Oliver. Is it enough for me to finally like him? Can’t say yet, but he was excellent the whole time. I need to give him some credit for giving a sick burn to James Woods after he tweeted this dumb comment about the age difference between our main characters.
All the choices of music here are splendid. Most of the ranged from classical to small jams from the 80s. There were two songs that were performed by Sufjan Stevens: “Mystery of Love” and “Visions of Gideon” just synced my heart.
Even before seeing this, I was just expecting this to be a gay romance, but it’s totally more than that. The story doesn’t follow through just that aspect, it goes out of its way to counteract young love that people old and young can purposely relate to in a more sensual way. But it’s also sad that not a lot of people never been with a loved one yet in their lives. The chemistry that blossoms through Elio and Oliver is outstanding and bold. The way that it’s handled takes the time to show off the friendship that the attractions might not be there at first and then blooms into something more as the story continues on. And I love that the movie doesn’t take a hard curve into going with the problems of that kind of relationship.
The only gripes that have are that a few scenes in the third act slowed the film down just a little bit. Besides that, it’s surprising how well-paced this was for being 132 minutes.
This is definitely a film that can’t be ignored at the Oscars because it’s the perfect film that voters should be looking out for. If this doesn’t win Best Adapted Screenplay, somebody’s gonna get hurt.
Call Me By Your Name brings out that kind of film that brings levity of finding love in the most charming way. This is what Todd Haynes’ Carol should’ve been like; Though it was a good movie, there just wasn’t that romantic enough to push along the relationship in that. And I’ll go as far to say this was better than Moonlight. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking that’s near to perfection. One of the best films to come out this year and it should be a movie everybody should seek out.
“Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine.”- Oliver
Call Me By Your Name captures a sense of realism about being human and exploring young love in this poignant drama that’s well directed and brilliantly acted.