Part 22: Call Me By Your Name

“We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything – what a waste!” – Mr. Perlman, Call Me By Your Name

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Nominations

Best Picture, Best Lead Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song

Basic Plot

This is coming of age film that centers around Elio, a young man that falls in love for the first time with his father’s research assistant during the summer of 1983 in Italy.  It is an adaptation of a novel by the same name.  Pretty straight forward plot, which the film never deviates from.  Special guest performances by a peach and a small fly.

My Largely Irrelevant Commentary

Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the Oscars this year.  This one is sure to provide some punch lines for him.  Bring on the peach jokes.

The Acting

Timothee Chalamet plays the lead in this movie and is nominated for Best Actor.  I actually thought he did a nice job with his character and he’s certainly a talented actor.  He really nailed the last 15-20 minutes of the movie – those final scenes were excellent and were the only high point in an otherwise flat movie.  I don’t think the movie was good enough to have even put him on the radar for a nomination, but he has one.  I’ve seen almost all of the Best Actor performances, and I don’t see him taking this one, but it is the Oscars and you never know.

The Film

Who hear likes peaches?!?!?  Probably about 80% of you I would wager to guess.  Well…this movie will ruin that basic life pleasure for you along with likely any other ripe, pitted fruit.

Oh boy.  Well it’s safe to say that I’ve uncovered the obligatory and predictable Oscar nomination for the film where the lead danced, sang, and/or played a character that was outside the comfort zone of conservative Americans.  And I apparently should amend that nomination ‘category’ to say “where the lead danced, sang, violated fruit, and/or played a character that was outside the comfort zone of conservative Americans.”  Yikes.

Honestly, the storyline/plot was fine and this could have been an exceptional film but it really fell flat for me.  If the entire film was as good and real and authentic as the last 15-20  minutes of it, I would say the nominations would have been a no brainer.  But damn.  It was not great.  Dare I even say that I think Phantom Thread was better – someone alert the media.  I really struggled with the pace and the lack of dialogue in this one (which by the way seems to be a trend this year…the whole no speaking thing); it really dragged on.

I feel like this one got most of its noms because it checked a box, which frankly is annoying.  The only one I don’t have an issue with is Best Original Song – it’s a great song and I think a solid nomination in that category.

Bottom Line – It is not ok to ‘American Pie’ a peach.  And I don’t think pushing the boundaries of fruit assault results in a good movie.  Ever lol!  This one doesn’t match up to all the hype.

Tip for the filmmakers – If you’re going to torture me with a blah film like this and put your best 2 scenes and the very end of the movie, please have the common decency to get rid of the bug/fly thing that is crawling around on your lead actors ultra 80s button down as you run the credits.  I mean it’s all I saw at that point.  I guess I can’t really complain too much about that, because you could have closed the film out with an image of a peach.

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