Call Me By Your Name: A Film Review

Is it worth the hype?



A screenshot from the film, “Call Me By Your Name”

Veronica Brown, Staff Writer

The 2018 novel-adapted film ‘Call Me By Your Name’ is a love story for the youth. Soon after release, the movie became a blockbuster. Starring Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer, the main characters, Elio and Oliver, spend a summer in 1980 Italy at the Perlman family’s 17th century villa. The course of this summer brought forth a trickling desire between two ordinary beings, and aided in their growth towards life.

Cinematically, this movie has a cozy, summer drenched aura to it. The details are as notable as the nats in the air, and the bright summer sun on the earth. The characters resemble real life beings, and because of this, the movie makes you feel like this is your own memory. 

One of my favorite aspects of this film is the silence. The characters speak low and the wilderness is heard, but barely. Because of this, the audience may feel as though the characters are tender, which amplifies the heartbreak. Throughout the story, each character feels fragile and ready to burst, and the ending scene (where Elio breaks down next to the fire) makes your chest hurt, as you yearn just as much as they yearn.

This film is homey, almost cozy, a comfort film most definitely, and if you want a bittersweet sob, this is the film to look out for. Amazing visuals, amazing cast, amazing story, this movie is definitely worth the full force hype it’s been given and more. Please do watch it if you ever get the chance.