Olivia (Taylor's Version) 🏳️⚧️’s review published on Letterboxd:
Bi Week 2021: Bi Day!
Is it better to speak or to die?
It would've been criminal if I didn't watch this this week. Since the start of the week, I knew I wasn't only going to watch this, but watch it today, especially. Call Me By Your Name is a very slow, but also extremely touching story, and it's one that sticks with you long after the credits. The performances are easily some of my favorites ever. Timothée Chalamet is spectacular, he captures the joy but also absolute heartbreak Elio goes through, but he doesn't overact these emotions (and everything in between) to the point it comes off as too much. He tends to be rather subtle at points, but it's still noticeable due to how relatable the character is. We might not all have gone through exactly what he's gone through, but we can relate to that childish naivety and longing he goes through. Armie Hammer is great, too. He's not as emotionally investing, but he's still an interesting character to follow, and if it wasn't for that and his chemistry with Timothée, there's not much of the romance that would be believable in the slightest.
The cinematography and music are breathtaking, they're both so beautiful in their respective ways. They help feed into the emotions, especially in the second half. There's a lot of rather simple shots that go a long way in showing what these characters mean to others in that moment. Even easy things like keeping one character in focus and another not mean so much to the film as a whole. Oh, and the music. Wow. That final song is just a rush of emotions and upon relistening to it while writing it had me break into tears yet again.
I remember when this film came out, and I especially remember the buzz around awards season. No one I knew had seen it, but so many knew the story, and knowing only the story with no context, even the setting, set me away from it for far too long. But honestly, after watching it three times, I've loved it more than I ever thought possible. This is more than just a movie. It's an experience. It's something that can and will resonate with any and every person that watches it, so long as they're able to wrap their head around a few certain biases against it. One of the most visually stunning films, sure, but more importantly it is the most emotionally investing film.