Just came back from seeing the movie (I'd recently read the book in anticipation)
1. Amazing movie, both Chalamet and Hammer do an incredible job, really enjoyed it, it deserves all the kudos it's been getting
2. Chalamet is much better looking than the stills let on. He is very handsome
3. There was a trade-off in having Oliver played by someone older. The Oliver in the book walked the line between being on the older end of the local kids and the youngest of the adults. Having 2017 Hammer play him put him more in the youngest of the adults camp. Having a younger actor (2010 Hammer) play him would have made him one of the older kids and it might have made the movie seem too much like a teen drama.
4. The 80s costuming was great-- haircuts and technology and all that.
5. In both the book and the movie, I was surprised that when Elio says "I know nothing about the things that matter" that Oliver immediately picks up that he's talking about the budding flirtation between the two of them. Oliver even says "are you saying what I think you're saying?" -- and I was thinking that were I in that situation (and I have been, sort of) that I would not have picked up on it.
6. Prof. Perlman's speech was beautiful. I took it at a much broader level--many times guys develop a "bromance" that could lead to something more but are afraid to take it there. Oliver and Elio were not.
7. I definitely agree that Oliver has done this before--the way he picked up on what Elio was going on about, the fact that the shoulder rub was purposeful, the fact that he kept hesitating because he didn't want to "ruin" Elio, the fact that he was worried Elio would be angry with him--all that seemed to be signaling that he'd had bromances that turned into sex before. (And of course that was why he got married so quickly afterwards--throw in AIDS scare too.)
8. I was not bothered by the lack of explicit sex scenes--they showed enough and you knew what was going on (e.g. Oliver was giving Elio a blow job) The book obviously went into more detail on the sex, there was a scene where Oliver asks Elio how his ass is feeling after getting fucked the first time and descriptions of where Oliver came. That would have been too prurient in the movie as it is and broken the dream like feel.
9. The drunk Oliver and Elio scene was wonderful and that's when it seemed like Oliver was an old looking 24 year old-- there was still that kids-who-don't-have-responsibi - lities feel to it.
10. Chalamet's acting the last scene staring at the fire with the credits rolling is Oscar worthy.
Thanks all for the conversations on here around the book/movie-- really enjoying them.