- This film has three of the best performances of the year. Those being from Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer & Michael Stuhlbarg. Chalamet gives one of the most powerful performances of the year. He brings so much realness to the role, which is seen at every moment of the film. Something also to applaud is the amazing chemistry between Hammer & Chalamet. Never for a second do you ever question the relationship between them. I can’t go without mentioning the fantastic monologue by Michael Stuhlbarg in the film. That scene alone just might be the most powerful scene of the year.
- Spectacular direction by Luca Guadagnino. Guadagnino brings the slow burn feel of summer to life. This film easily has the most real feeling of summer I’ve ever seen put on screen. I also need to give high praise for his use of long takes, which brings the realism to another level.
- A gorgeous screenplay by James Ivory. As I said multiple times earlier this film has a extremely realistic feel and I give some strong credit to Ivory’s screenplay. Ivory’s screenplay builds such a strong relationship between Chalamet & Hammer, as well as a strong father-son relationship between Chalamet & Stuhlbarg. This screenplay is a near lock for not only a nomination, but for taking home the adapted screenplay Oscar.
- Some very nice cinematography by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom. Mukdeeprom brings the scenery of northern Italy to life. I would also like to give him & Luca Guadagnino much props for using only one lens for this entire film, bringing that realism factor even higher.