I really cannot say enough on this one. I'll start by stating that, personally, I'm a bit weary of the multitude of special interest pieces in this day and age. I think they're fine, especially if they work, but I tend to find that most just do not. What's really great about Luca Guadagnino's film is that the story and characters are so much better than most LGBT pieces. This is the reason it surpasses special interest groups. I felt satisfied to finally see a good drama that simply happened to be LGBT. I know there's that knee-jerk desire to get socio-political with any minority issue, but a good story is simply a good story. This has some of the best performances of the year, especially Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer (my pick for Best Supporting Actor, along with accolades for the film's script and song). The look and feel of the film puts you back into the early 80s better than any of the kitsch works over the years. Having been the age of Chalamet's character at the time, I know this by experiencing. For 2017 (the ACTUAL date of the film), this is a beautiful work that is only surpassed by Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Phantom Thread", I feel.

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