A movie many critics have called the best film of 2017 has now taken over at Netflix. Call Me By Your Name is currently the eighth most popular movie on Netflix globally. The film stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet. This rise in popularity on the streaming service comes at an interesting time with all of the social media controversy surrounding Armie Hammer at the moment. At the same time, the filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is readying to make a new movie with Chalamet. Let’s dive into all of that, but take a closer look at Call Me By Your Name first.
Call Me By Your Name is based on a novel by André Aciman. The story takes place in the north of Italy in the summer of 1983. It tells a tale of first love for Chalamet, who plays a seventeen year old spending his time in his family’s villa. His character is well-educated and likes spending time playing classical music, reading, and living a happy, young life. He’s innocent and young and has not yet fallen in love when he meets Armie Hammer, an older man who his father has recently hired to be his research assistant.
What follows is a love story between Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet that The New Yorker called an “erotic triumph”. The movie gets talked about a lot for the more sensual scenes, while still managing to have sweet moments that capture the spectrum of falling in love at seventeen years old.
The popularity of this movie on Netflix comes at a strange time for Armie Hammer. He is currently losing work opportunities after a social media controversy. The blowup surrounding Hammer is a strange situation indeed. While a lot of screenshots are involved, it’s hard to know what exactly could possibly be true. The confusion around this probably comes from just how weird it is. The question is: is Armie Hammer a cannibal? When a question like that gets raised, you kind of don’t want to invite a guy on your production set anymore. That seems reasonable.
Why would people think Armie Hammer is a cannibal? Because there are a lot of screenshots that appear to show him talking to folks about how he’d like to consume their flesh. It doesn’t seem to be hyperbole. He seems to enjoy, you know, cannibalism. It comes across as kind of a sexual fetish, although he’s also eating people. Not a popular move, cannibalism.
Of course, Call Me By Your Name included quite a few sex scenes. Awkwardly, Armie Hammer gave interviews where he talked about his struggles to understand the fetishes included in the movie. These fetishes include the much-talked-about scene with the peach. But also the very title of the movie. In the story, the two call each other by the other’s name. Armie Hammer struggled to understand these things and had to work with the director to understand how to emotionally play the scenes.
To add a bit more interest to Call Me By Your Name, at this time when Armie Hammer is losing work, director Luca Guadagnino and Timothee Chalamet are teaming up for another movie. To make the timing of this a bit more special, the pair are making a movie that is about cannibalism. Yes, that is for real. The movie is called Bones & All. In 2018, there was a remake of the Italian horror classic Suspiria. Bones & All will be Guadagnino’s follow up to that film. Timothee Chalamet will play a supporting character. It’s been described as a cannibal love story.
Armie Hammer split up with his wife Elizabeth Chambers in the summer of 2020. When the announcements about Bones & All were posted on Instagram, Chambers commented simply, “No. Words.” Fair enough.
Is Call Me By Your Name getting the current attention on Netflix simply because it’s on the streaming service and a good movie? Or is everyone curious to get a closer look at Armie Hammer now that he’s been accused of cannibalism? That’s hard to say. It’s very possible that it’s a mix of the two.
Despite Armie Hammer and the rumors around him, Call Me By Your Name has always been a well-reviewed film. These days, Timothee Chalamet’s fame has been hitting a peak, especially as we wait to see him in the upcoming Dune movie on HBO Max. As for Armie Hammer? This may be one of the few movies we end up seeing him in unless somehow a PR rep manages to recover from weird cannibalism screenshots. If you can get past the news about his personal life, Call Me By Your Name is still highly regarded and a unique movie if you want to catch it on Netflix while you can.