[Review] Gruesome romantic film ‘Bones and All’ pleasantly surprises viewers


Tribune News Service

Taylor Rusell and Timothee Chalamet star in “Bones & All.” Photo courtesy of Frenesy Film Company/Per Capita Productions/Zuma Press/TNS.

Ava Jurick, Writer

The highly anticipated film, ‘Bones and All,’ was released in theaters across the world on Nov. 23. The movie made its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and received a lot of notoriety. In addition, the trailer, which was released on Oct. 5, gave viewers a sneak peak of the cannibal love story.

‘Bones and All’ is the first romantic cannibal story of its time. The director, Luca Gudagnino, is known for his role as directing ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ which stars Timothee Chalemet, who also happens to be the leading role in this film.

“Call Me By Your Name was one of my favorite movies, so when I heard Guadagnino and Timothee would be collaborating, I knew this film was going to be good,” senior Olivia Binder said.

The film is based on the novel ‘Bones and All’ by Camille DeAngelis. The movie consists of two leading roles, Taylor Russel and Timothee Chalamet, who play a cannibalistic couple who travel together during the 1980s in suburban America.

The film begins when Maren, who is played by Russell, is intimate with a classmate, and takes a bite of her finger. Maren lives with her father and he moves them to Maryland, but he suddenly disappears in the night leaving Maren alone. Russell’s character is also in search of her mother which leads to her traveling and trying to find answers.

“Marens troubled home-life brings depth to her character and sparks transitions in her as the film goes on,” junior Leah Klein said.

As Marens journey continues, she runs into Lee, played by Chalemet, who is a cannibal who eats humans. He first interacts with Maren when he is in Kentucky. The pair quickly realizes they are both “eaters” and decide to travel together.

Lee and Maren travel and kill together, which seems repetitive until a new character is brought into the mix. A cannibal named Sully, played by Mark Rylance, shows them that being a cannibal is a lonely existence.

“This is the most unique love story I have watched, it is brutal but somehow romantic,” senior Lindsay Nattis said.

The underlying theme of the film is self-hatred, which both Maren and Lee face. Gudagnino does not hold back the gore, as I gasped at many moments during the film that showed the characters eating human flesh.

It is without a doubt that this was Russells best performance yet. Although her dialogue may not have been the most complex, her expressions display the pressure she felt in her time in high school until she flead.

“The film’s horror perfectly coincides with the romance. The cast just made the film even better than the plot itself,” sophomore Kayla Walker said.

I felt that this film was perfectly casted. They used an extremely popular male role which catered to a younger audience as well as a strong female lead. In addition to the cast, the scenes of 1980s suburban America were so unique to see in this age since most recent movies are set in the present day.

‘Bones and All ‘depicts the connection between love and self-hatred through a cannibal romance between two characters. The performances as well as the depiction of the 1980s truly makes the film like no other. The film is gory, but a must watch and one that will definitely be winning awards.