kstan’s review published on Letterboxd:
Without a doubt one of the best films of the year. This brightly-lit, cool-colored film creates its own world in a small town in northern Italy. Certain people may bemoan that this story is slow — it's a movie purely about a romance between two men that is about 2 hours and 15 minutes. But it's absolutely beautiful, and captures the purity and normalcy of first love and connection. And even though there are sad moments, the movie never feels melancholy or depressing, like a lot of other romance/gay films. In fact, there are many funny moments, including one scene featuring an Italian couple speed-argue about Buñuel that is hysterical.
And damn is this movie SENSUAL. Hammer and Chalamet grab onto each other as if they are ready to devour one another; they are intense, passionate and greedy. Armie Hammer is a Greek god, all golden-haired, tan and complete with the shortest of shorts to show off his muscular, long legs. It's easy to see why anyone would fall for him. But the film does indeed belong to Timothée Chalamet, who brings both a confidence, eagerness and vulnerability to Elio. As a multi-lingual, intelligent, musical prodigy, 21-year-old American Chalamet convinces you that he is Elio.