So I went to see the gay movie. It didn’t take long to realize this was not a gay movie. It was not written by a gay man, the two leads were played by straight men, and even the actual “gay couple” in the movie weren’t gay. I mean one of them might have been, but one of the was the author of the book who identifies as straight and is married with children. I didn’t really know all of this before I went to see the movie.
I am on a movie kick lately as I try to go out into the world and away from my TV to go into a theatre alone and sit and watch movies. Shutup! It works for me. It occurs to me today that the three movies I most wanted to see were all coming of age movies. I, Tonya was by far the best of the bunch. Ladybird was just horrible, and Call Me By Your Name lands somewhere in the middle.
When it comes to the cinematic visuals Call Me By Your Name was simply stunning. The gay director really deserves to win something for this movie if he hasn’t already. Italy was so clean, at times it literally looked like a movie set. Everything just looked too perfect. The sweeping outdoor scenes were fabulous. The house was fabulous The settings were all magical.
The guy playing Elio was very good. He played the piano and the guitar and spoke English, French and Italian in the movie. He was very believable as a bisexual seventeen year old. The guy who played Oliver was awful. Was he supposed to be so unattractive, stiff (not in the good way) and unlikable? Was his weird ramrod posture supposed to be some sort of gay interpretation? He was the worst part of the movie. I think the reason that there was some backlash about the older man (24) with the seventeen year old was he was the oldest 24-year-old in the history of the world. How old is this guy, 38? Does he have a fused spine in real life? These thoughts distracted me the entire film. Also the guy that plays Elio’s dad looked a bit like Robin Williams Italian third cousin and that bothered me.
I loved the archaeology aspect and all the book reading and the train and the bike rides and the food, and the fruit orchard, though errr…. the nectarine scene could have been shorter.
The plot of this movie focuses on a summer romance. They always end and it can be a wistful goodbye, but that is just how summer romances go. They are a passionate, memorable trysts with a short duration, but with memories that last a lifetime. So the fact that there are rumors of a sequel are just ridiculous. And wrong.
I was pleasantly surprised by the end of this movie. I won’t spoil it but after Oliver goes back home, there are a couple of interesting conversations that happen. My bladder was about to EXPLODE and I made it all the way to the credits because I was intrigued. I did think the father was a bit clueless about his wife’s perceptive abilities though.
This was the last day for this movie in any theatre near me. I had to go to a non AMC theatre in the hinterlands to see it today. It was not really what I was expecting. There is a lot of sex, straight and gay. The movie is basically about Elio exploring his sexual identity. Some of that is always a bit uncomfortable when watching in a public place with only a dozen or so folks in the theatre. But if you do go, I suggest you forgo the popcorn. There are scenes that go on for almost ten minutes with no dialogue. You can hear a pin drop in these scenes and the sound of munching popcorn is deafening. Bring some gummy bears or something.
Oh and the guy that played Elio was one of Lady Bird’s boyfriend in that piece of crap movie. This one was better than that and would have been really good if some hot gay guy had played Oliver.
Did you see this movie? What did you think? Also, I still have a movie or two left on my giftcard. What should I see next? I am thinking about The Post but that is a long movie and perhaps a bit too close to reality these days…