I think everyone needs to calm down.
Yes this movie was really good, I absolutely loved it, even though I really didn’t like that scene between Michael Stuhlbarg and Timothée Chalamet which everyone has been talking about.
And this is actually causing me a lot of distress because everyone, I repeat, EVERYONE has been hailing it as the BEST, the MOST, Earth Shattering Mind Blowing Life Changing Heart Wrenching scene of the entire film.
Whereas for me it was the one scene that RUINED an otherwise perfect movie.
Currently I feel like I don’t belong in this world, and maybe, I’m wrong.
Maybe I’m an idiot.
Okay, now this idiot will tell you why she still loves the film very much.
Because I wanted you to know.
I loved, loved, loved the chemistry between Elio and Oliver. Somehow, the fact that the alphabets of their names overlap one another made it extra sweet for me. Like, no matter what, Elio will always be a part of Oliver, and Oliver would also be a part of Elio. Pour la vie.
There’s a lot of symbolism in Call Me by Your Name, which makes the film so much deeper than it already is. Which is exactly why I was upset when they ruined all the subtlety at the end (in the scene where Elio talks to his father) by explaining everything in such a blatant manner, so in-your-face, like HERE, THIS IS THE MORAL OF OUR STORY.
Okay, I shouldn’t harp on this, moving on to more stuff I loved.
I also really appreciated how this movie centred a lot on art, music, history, nature, and language. It made the film especially beautiful and I’m sure the entire cinema was mesmerised as well.
I could feel it in the air.
There was beauty in every simple gesture exchanged, every honest word that was said, every awkward dance step that was taken. In books and in movies, it’s always the average and yet genuine scenes that stick to me the most. It makes the characters more realistic and relatable. I completely believed in what Elio and Oliver had. Their chemistry was REAL, and I cannot wait to watch it all over again.
A Very Important Special Mention:
There is a dance scene in Call Me by Your Name that has been REPLAYING NON-STOP IN MY HEAD. Just like that dance scene by by Ralph Fiennes in A Bigger Splash. You cannot and will not forget it. Must be a thing Luca Guadagnino really likes to include in his films — a character completely letting his or her self go in the presence of good music. How nice it must be to feel that way.
Another Very Important Thing:
Please, don’t leave the cinema until the screen is black. Just because the credits started rolling on the side, doesn’t mean the movie is over. Timothée Chalamet was right there, probably giving the most emotional performance he’s ever had to give in his entire life, AND THERE PEOPLE WERE WALKING OUT. These guys had absolutely no respect! So please, if you’re going to watch this movie, stay till the end, please.