Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Call Me by Your Name Review - 3½ Stars

"Call Me by Your Name" captures the rush of young love during a languid Italian summer in the early 1980s.  Timothée Chalamet plays a 17-year-old piano prodigy, attracted to his father's 24-year-old research assistant (played by Armie Hammer.) "Call Me by Your Name" benefits from the touch of Italian director Luca Guadagnino. He gives the film a slow, steady pace. The result reminds me of 'A Room with a View," another beautiful tale of Italian romance. James Ivory, whose Merchant-Ivory films of the 1980s and 90s defined gorgeous cinema, wrote the script and certainly influenced the art. Romance between a boy and a 24-year-old intern may not resonate, given the current issues of power inequality in America. However, for many, the beauty of "Call Me by Your Name" and a curtain speech by Michael Stuhlbarg will satisfy. "Call Me by Your Name," 3 stars, rated "R." Does it deliver what it promises? Sophisticated European love story. Is it entertaining? Breathtaking images. Is it worth the price of admission? For those who love cinema art.