Any review I give will not do this marvelous film justice. I’ve watched it numerous times and am still blown away by the acting, the music, the words, the scenery, the emotional rollercoaster that still sneaks up on me. I loved the novel so much that I read it twice a few years ago then again with Audible (spoken perfectly by Armie Hammer, one of the stars of the film). My family is tired of me talking about this movie so I participate in blogs in order to interact with the many others who are in love with Elio and Oliver, the Perlmans, and everyone in the film. Every part was perfectly cast. It’s obvious the actors felt comfortable with each other. I was transported from the first scene to the Perlman villa “somewhere in Northern Italy.” And the chemistry between Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer is off the charts. This was further shown in the many months they travelled here and abroad promoting the small-budget film. All of the actors rave about the friendships and comfort on set created by the director Luca Guadagnino.
I loved the effortless switching between languages. There are necessary subtitles in this film since several of the characters speak English, Italian, and French. These people are smart and the dialogue is too. The critics’ reviews for this film are five-star and well deserved. No special effects. No green screen. No villain. Very little cursing. Just two people falling in love. Two men. I hope that won’t prevent you from watching this movie. On one of the blogs I submit to, the participants appear to range in age from late teens to 70+ years old. They are straight, bi, gay. Male and female. Married or not. This is a story that appeals to everyone and I hate to see it characterized as a “gay” film. It’s a film for anyone who has ever been in love or wants to fall in love.
Fans of the movie want to see a sequel. It was such a great experience for the actors and director that they, too, would like to do a sequel. The film follows the book well except the book picks up with the two main characters years later. There is material to be used for a sequel and even the author of the novel appears to be on board. All of this is further proof of the love we fans have for this beautiful, lyrical story.