best film:  Timothée Chalamet is in two of the best films of the 2020s thus far with The French Dispatch and Dune – both from 2021. But even before that, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name (2017) and Little Women (2019) surfaced among their respective year’s best films. The fact that Chalamet has nine (9) total films in the archives with 4 (four) of them here in serious contention here is undoubtedly evidence that he knows how to carefully select his projects and collaborators – even at a younger age. Nothing is promised, of course, but this looks like the start of a career that typically would be attached to one of the best of his or her generation.


best performance:  There are two (2) correct answers here – no one could argue too much with either Chalamet’s more-than-convincing portrayal of Paul Atreides in Denis Villeneuve’s dream project Dune – or his work as Elio in Call Me by Your Name. That is quite the combination – perhaps they are both coming of ages stories to a degree (hard to fine a role that is not that at Chalamet’s stage in his career) – but one is a romance set in Northern Italy – and the other a science fiction epic.


the epilogue from Call Me by Your Name – the close-up devastating long take – a bold choice that absolutely works. The film has three (3) wonderful performances (Chalamet for sure – then Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg). Chalamet gets most of the top moments and it is likely he will never do anything better. He is a talent, but films and roles like this do not come along often.  The winter sequence at the end blasts the viewer away – it is otherworldly given the warm, breezy summer scene where the rest of the film is set. The shot above – the fire and Chalamet staring into it as the credits roll to the Sufjan Stevens’ song


stylistic innovations/traits:   Timothée Chalamet is a jaw-on-the-floor fifteen (15) years younger than the next youngest actor on this list (Ryan Gosling). Chalamet’s first (1st) archiveable film is from 2014 so obviously he does not have decades of resume to pull upon here to make his case – but many actors from Kevin Spacey to Gael Garcia Bernal have just a few years where they do their best work.  Chalamet already has more archiveable films than Ken Ogata, certainly James Dean, John Cazale, Paul Muni and Heath Ledger. If Call Me by Your Name and Dune were not enough, Chalamet slays it in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women – sparring with another that-resume-is-already-spectacular-despite-being-young Saoirse Ronan. His Beautiful Boy role is like his Philip Seymour Hoffman Owning Mahowny (a gifted actor putting on a show in a very decent but not transcendent movie) to help give him depth – and time will be very kind to both The French Dispatch and Chalamet’s role in it.


Timothée Chalamet – the sheer size of the Dune project is awe-inspiring- but Chalamet is up to the challenge of leading the way.  The scene of Chalamet’s Paul Atreides character getting tortured by Charlotte Ramplings’ Revenend Mother Mohiam  is just about as fine a display of acting as it gets.


directors worked with: Luca Guadagnino (2), Greta Gerwig (2), Christopher Nolan (1), Denis Villeneuve (1), Wes Anderson (1)


the filmography here for such a young actor impresses – his fourth (4th) and fifth (best) best resume builders are a Wes Anderson ensemble comedy (The French Dispatch – playing Zeffirelli pictured here) and a drug addiction, soaked in realism drama (Beautiful Boy) – the future looks bright, but what has already transpired in Chalamet’s career is worthy of study and appreciation


top five performances:

  1. Call Me by Your Name
  2. Dune
  3. Little Women
  4. Beautiful Boy
  5. The French Dispatch



archiveable films

2014- Interstellar
2017- Call Me by Your Name
2017- Lady Bird
2018- Beautiful Boy
2019- Little Women
2021- Dune
2021- The French Dispatch
2021- Don’t Look Up
2022- Bones and All