Thursday, December 21, 2017

Call Me By Your Name

Call Me by Your Name Poster

Every year there are films that every critic seems to love but me.  And this year Call Me By Your Name is definitely one of them.  You may have heard about it by the countless critics organizations that have included it in their Best Picture and Best Actor categories.  Well I've seen it twice (to give it as best a chance as I could to win me over) but I just don't get it.  It's a coming of age film for a 17 year old boy (Timothee Chalamet) in Italy, 1983.  When his dad's 24 year old research assistant, played by Armie Hammer, comes to stay with them, a relationship develops.  At least that's one way to put it.  To me, Hammer seems more like a predator, with his shirt off for most of the film, creepily coming on to a minor.  Last I checked, a 24 year old having a relationship with a 17 year old was a crime.  But for some reason, critics find this to be a beautiful love story.  I'm pretty sure if it was the same film but with a 17 year old girl instead of a 17 year old boy people would be calling this film out as a disgusting film about a sexual predator.  But this is the hypocritical word in which we live.  Sorry, but I found it creepy and dull.

Grade: C

Who is this movie for?  Well I've seen it twice just to confirm it's not for me.  I expect when it is on the shortlist to win Best Picture and Best Actor at the Oscars, most of America will be dumbfounded and outraged.  But feel free to draw your own conclusion.

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