BONES AND ALL
Starring: Taylor Russell, Timothée Chalamet, Mark Rylance, Michael Stuhlbarg and Chloë Sevigny
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Bones And All made me say something that I never thought I’d say: “This movie about cannibals is beautiful.” Director Luca Guadagnino and writer David Kajganich have pulled off a magic trick because the line between gory horror and poignant love is drawn seamlessly. Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell’s chemistry adds to this being one of the most romantic things I’ve seen in ages, while Mark Rylance’s creepy performance adds new layers of frightening. The film’s allegory of repressed urges and societal outcasts may get lost on some viewers, but nonetheless, I am infatuated with this freaky and lovely film.
Certainly not for the faint of heart, Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All lets the audience know what kind of movie it is right up front, and for some, that will be an immediate turn-off. That said, for those who stick around, great things await. The surprisingly gory cannibal romance, led by an unbelievable Taylor Russell and an assured (but secondary) Timothée Chalamet, manages to find as much humor and depth in a story like this as anything likely could. Guadagnino’s direction is simultaneously wary but never judgmental, and Mark Rylance nearly steals the whole movie every time he is on screen.
Bones and All re-teams director Luca Guadagnino and star Timothée Chalamet for another tale of young romance, but this time, with more bite... pun intended. That's right, we have a teenage love story, but the lovebirds are cannibals; much like the director’s previous film, Suspiria, Guadagnino doesn't shy away from the gruesome stuff either. Bones is elevated by its cast, especially Mark Rylance, who is literally chewing up the scenery (amongst other things) in his juicy role. The film never lost my attention, even if the third act isn't as strong as the first two.
Director Luca Guadagnino is back with another appetizing film that touches on themes of discovering who you truly are and accepting it. This film may not be for everyone, but if you're looking for something unique and different, then it’s a must watch. Bones And All is bloody remarkable due to the strong chemistry between its two leads, Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet, while Mark Rylance will have you terrified throughout. It’s a gory love story that will rip your heart out…then eat it! Add it to this year’s list of great horror gems.
This film was reviewed by Jacob and Paige as part of Bitesize Breakdown's coverage of the 2022 New York Film Festival.