Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name ★★★½

Call Me By Your Name is a good film, but certainly not a great one, that plays like a companion piece to A Bigger Splash. It's very much Chamalet's film, who I'm looking forward to seeing more of in the future. Armie Hammer is just, well, Armie Hammer, which given the relatively early stage of his career doesn't bode well for his ability to break that mould any time soon. His distinctive voice and limited range of expressions have become a little too set in stone. The film never justifies its run time, and losing anywhere between 30-40 minutes would certainly benefit it. While Oliver and Elio's relationship is well developed, the bluntness of the symbolism and metaphors that litter the story are a little too on the nose at times. And although it's a fully consensual relationship, it's hard not to feel that Oliver is taking full advantage and manipulating Elio where he can, which feels uncomfortable in places. I'm sure that wasn't the intention, but that's how it comes across. And the young girl announcing her love for Elio even though he's acted like a jerk? Come on. Although, the always reliable Michael Stuhlbarg almost elevates the entire film with those simple, but beautifully spoken words.