Bones and all is the newest film from director Luca Guadagnino, who previously directed beloved films like Call Me By Your Name and the 2018 remake of Suspiria. Bones and All follow’s Maren (Played by Taylor Russell) and Lee (Played by Timothee Chalamet) as they journey across the country in search of answers about Marens past but, unlike any other road trip story, Maren and Lee are cannibals.
Bones and All is sold by the chemistry between Maren and Lee, Russell and Chalamet are astounding throughout and command your attention with every second they are on screen. Mark Rylance puts on an especially special performance that is one of the creepiest performances I’ve seen in the last ten years. Followed by a wonderful ensemble cast of Anna Cobb, and Michael Stuhlberg. Every single acting performance is dominant, commanding, and just downright impressive!
This is one of the most emotional and tender films I’ve seen this year. While also delivering some of the gnarliest body horror of this year. This movie thrives in the balance between the two, the softness lets you settle into these characters and even makes you forget the movie’s plot and makes you feel like you’re watching a traditional, coming-of-age love story. The horror, gorw and suspense keep you on the edge of your seat and convey a level of anxiety in the best way possible. You feel the horrors and trauma of the internal struggle of wanting to kill and eat another person while feeling this intense rush of love and compassion that these characters share, it’s truly remarkable, and I personally have seen any other movie that’s balanced those emotions, as well as Luca, does with Bones and All.
The true meat and potatoes of this film is the actual road trip. It’s paced so wonderfully and you spend just the perfect amount of time at each stop and its ensemble of characters, spanning from Kentucky, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota (my home state). The way Luca is able to portray small town/rural Minnesota is absolutely spot on. It had me smiling in my seat with how recognizable these locations looked, it really felt like this took place just thirty minutes away from home!
Overall, I truly adored this movie, I can’t think of a single negative to say about it. Easily my favorite movie of 2022 and quite possibly one of my favorites of all time. If you have time this Thanksgiving break, please go see Bones and All, You won’t regret it!
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