Last week controversy erupted over my “Reel Faith” video review of the Best Picture–nominated movie Call Me By Your Name, a gay-themed coming-of-age drama about a same-sex relationship between characters played by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
Scandal over my video review went semi-viral in Catholic social media, in part thanks to a news aggregation website claiming I had given the film a “glowing” recommendation — an erroneous description that nevertheless stuck.
I’ve been attacked in the past as a hater and a homophobe for affirming the Church’s teaching on sexual morality and marriage, but I’m not sure I’ve experienced anything quite like the venom I received last week from the most virulent Catholic critics.
I am also aware, though, that many Catholics more favorably disposed toward me have been confused, angry or upset because of my video review, for reasons that I acknowledge are clear to me in hindsight, and I profoundly regret this.
Why did I not see this coming? How could I give the film the review I did?
In addition to my full written review of Call Me By Your Name, I have compiled a Q&A drawn from actual questions I’ve been fielding on social media and in other contexts which I hope provides illuminating context, and perhaps peace of mind, to concerned readers.
If you didn’t know that the Best Picture–nominated Call Me By Your Name is an uncritically rapturous celebration of a same-sex relationship between an inexperienced youth played by Timothée Chalamet and an experienced man played by Armie Hammer, you might almost guess it from the opening titles, an arty overture for the film that follows.
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