Superb acting in Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name is the beautifully acted story of a love affair that develops between a teenage boy, Elio (Timothée Chalamet), and his father’s student research assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer). The story is one of emerging identity – hence the title. Set as it is in the 1980s, identifying oneself as gay then would not have been easy, and any ‘victories’ in this regard are swallowed up by societal norms. The setting is in Italy at Elio’s parents’ villa, a home the family occupies away from the USA during the summer. A mix of languages (English, French, Italian and German) and a background of academia in the form of literature and archaeology are layered onto the mellow Italian lifestyle setting. The mixture makes for an attractive exoticness. But it’s not enough to give Call Me By Your Name enough depth. The developing relationship is foregrounded and is dealt with sensitivity, yes. But at two-and-a-half hours in length the light treatment of the social and intellectual landscape leaves Call Me By Your Name lacking in oomph. The excellent acting – especially by Timothée Chalamet – is certainly a redeeming factor.

Call Me By Your Name opens at cinemas in South Africa on 23 February 2018. It carries an age restriction of 16 for DLNS.

Two upcoming titles I like the look of:

Romeo & Juliet – Ballet in cinema – exclusively at Cinema Nouveau theatres from 3 March 2018. Watch a snippet of the magic here: WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER OF BOLSHOI BALLET IN CINEMA – SEASON 2017-18 SEASON HERE

Game Night – an action comedy – in Ster Kinekor theatres from 2 March. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star in New Line Cinema’s action comedy about a board games night with six highly competitive gamers. The evening becomes mysterious and rather ‘real’…

Interesting and fun Disney movie: Zootropolis

Zootropolis (think Metropolis only with animals) is an animated film that will appeal to young children. The story revolves around Judy Hopps, a small bunny with big dreams, who becomes a cop in the vast city of Zootropolis. Parents, too, will enjoy some laughs. More than just a cute Disney tale, the film features an unlikely police duo (Judy and her foxy partner, Nick Wilde), who uncover a smear campaign on the city’s animals of prey. The intricacies evident in the plot will satisfy an older audience.

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Judy the rabbit in Zootropolis who becomes a cop instead of taking on the family’s carrot business. Picture source: http://movies.en.disneyme.com/zootropolis

Judy comes from a typical rabbit family (she has something like 270 brothers and sisters) with very conservative parents who have always been in the carrot-farming business (Judy has an “Apple” Mac lookalike with a bitten carrot on the cover!). To her parents’ horror Judy (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) doesn’t want to follow in her parents’ footsteps. She graduates top of her police academy class and starts work alongside huge animals like the buffalo boss, Chief Bogo (the voice of Idris Elba). Because of her ridiculously small stature Judy is assigned to parking duty, while the other “cops” are sent to find 14 missing mammals. By chance, and some ingenuity, Judy and Nick (a crooked fox voiced by Jason Bateman) discover all of the missing creatures and uncover a sinister plot at the same time.

Popular Disney themes are present in this feature: look for the good in yourself, be the best you can be, we’re all equal, and so on. But the shenanigans of the baddies and the talented sleuthing of clever cops make the film interesting and fun.

Enjoy Zootropolis. The film opens at Ster Kinekor Theatres in South Africa on Friday 4 March 2016.