Review: Call Me By Your Name
And I'll call you by yours.
Every summer Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg) invites a grad student to his home in Italy to be his research assistant. This year, he's invited Oliver (Armie Hammer) who forms a close bond with his 17 year old son Elio. (Timothee Chalamet)
The film practically begs you to visit Italy. It gives off this laid back endless summer vibe that's absolutely gorgeous. It works beautifully with how conflicted Elio is. Imagine if he were brooding around a gloomy city? It wouldn't work as well. It takes its time getting Elio and Oliver to admit their feelings. So much time in fact that I was starting to get a bit frustrated. I felt as if the film got too caught up in its own beauty to get to the point. Slow burns are nice but this one teeters on dragging out far too long.
I can see why so many people stan Timothee Chalamet. He has a unique face and he's wonderful here. He's very convincing in his crush, lust, love, whatever you like to call it. At times it's all three. Not to mention he plays the piano wonderfully. Michael Stuhlbarg is also great as his understanding father. He's such an underrated actor and this is one of the best performances I've seen him give. The weak link for me - and I know this will be an unpopular opinion is Armie Hammer.
I didn't read the book this is based on, but I read a synopsis of it, and Hammer's character is supposed to be 24. Hammer doesn't look like he's seen 24 in a while. He was 29 when he filmed this, but he easily looks like a man in his 30's. I can see at times why they cast him in this role. He's tall and "handsome" to some but I was never not aware of the fact that he looked far older than his character was meant to be. I know, I know, the age of consent is 14 in Italy but it still threw me off a few times.
Aside from Hammer and some pacing issues, Call Me By Your Name is a lovely film with a one of the best scores this year.
Memorable Quote: "Right now, there's sorrow, pain. Don't kill it and with it the joy you've felt." - Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg)