A month after the Twitter charge between James Woods and Armie Hammer (in which Woods questioned the film’s ‘decency’), Call Me By Your Name has finally landed at the London Film Festival.
James Woods tweeted his offend at the film’s age gap, suggesting that it was somehow chipping divided at ‘decency’ and referencing the North American Man/Boy Love Association, a ‘pedophile and pederasty advocacy organisation’.
But the film is about a happy attribute between two men (17 and 24) and, as others would go on to indicate out, an age opening is not something that Woods seems to be endangered about (if it’s an older man and a younger woman, that is).
Armie Hammer, who stars in the film as the older of the two men, responded with a twitter that remarkable Woods himself had been in a attribute with a lady decades younger than he was – and that didn’t seem to have worried him at all.
Didn’t you date a 19 year old when you were 60…….?
— Armie Hammer (@armiehammer) Sep 11, 2017
Amber Tamblyn followed up with a twitter about how Woods had tried to collect her up when she was 16, and how her age actually seemed to greatfully him even more.
James Woods tried to collect me and my crony up at a grill once. He wanted to take us to Vegas. “I’m 16” we said. “Even better” he said.
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) Sep 11, 2017
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Twitter went crazy – since the age opening was clearly not the problem.
At this week’s BFI London Film Festival press conference, Hammer was asked about the communication and how critical he suspicion films like this were.
He said: ‘If this film can plea a perspective, or what someone thinks, or concede someone to consider from someone else’s boots that’s an amazingly absolute covenant to what Luca [Guadagnino] was means to do.’
Guadagnino, the film’s director, then combined that he would titillate Woods to actually see the film.
And, unsurprisingly, the ‘controversy’ surrounding the film is complete nonsense. (I can contend that now, having actually seen it!)
If Armie Hammer’s impression was in any way predatory, or had started a attribute with a 13-year-old (boy or girl!), there competence have been some belligerent to this ridiculous evidence that their attribute was somehow an corruption to decency.
However, Hammer’s impression is a immature man in his twenties who happens to tumble for a 17-year-old in the residence where he’s spending the summer.
It seems flattering apparent that if this adore story, set in Northern Italy in the early 1980s, was about a 20-something man descending for a pleasing 17-year-old woman, there would have been no debate at all.
There’s zero ‘indecent’ about that, right?
The 17-year-old in Call Me By Your Name knows his own mind and is in no way ‘coerced’ or manipulated. The attribute develops in a totally organic way – they are clearly both drawn to any other and are struggling with what it means to have feelings for another man in a multitude that expects them to be heterosexual.
Again, zero controversial about that.
If anything, the many ‘controversial’ and unexpected thing about this film is that nobody around them is revelation them they should be ashamed.
The people orbiting the span are all understanding and open-minded. They see two people descending for any other, see how happy they are when they are together and conclude the beauty in it.
Call Me By Your Name is a pleasing adore story, well told and beautifully portrayed by the two actors, Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
It’s all you wish from a good adore story: distilled and immersive, pleasant and bittersweet.
But there are people out there who will skip out on this implausible film simply since it’s about two men.
And, sadly, there’s zero controversial about that.