Luca Guadagnino’s “BONES AND ALL” received a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

The premiere of Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet in Luca Guadagnino’s “BONES AND ALL” received a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

There are plenty of coming-of-age storylines in today’s film scene, but few of them succeed in overcoming a lack of creativity and spirit to break the pattern. Fortunately, Luca Guadagnino has experience finding iconic stories of youth and lust. Luca Guadagnino is regarded as a pioneer of the genre in the wake of the enormous success of Call Me By Your Name, which is responsible for catapulting Timothée Chalamet’s career, and the HBO miniseries We Are Who We Are. His most recent film, Bones and All is a remake of the 2015 young adult novel of the same name by Camille DeAngelis.

Luca Guadagnino's "BONES AND ALL" received a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Maren, a young woman of 18, is introduced to us in the 1980s during the reign of President Reagan. Maren finds herself alone and abandoned by her father after hastily relocating from state to state. She is now an outcast in society. However, she rapidly learns that there are a lot more of her sort, sometimes known as “eaters.” Lee (Timothée Chalamet), a fellow young cannibal, enters her life shortly after, and the two fall in love right away. They bond over trauma and engage in their first unbreakable alliance. Many scenes in the cannibal story feature gruesome and gory images, as you might anticipate. However, Bones and All never indulges to the extent that many horror movies do. Luca Guadagnino uses excellent sound design to visually counterbalance the spooky nature of their actions, leaving us the spectators to squirm only on the strength of our own imaginations.

What seems to be a straightforward and typical tale of a girl trying to make friends in a new place rapidly takes an unexpected turn. A welcome contrast from the sea of projects that overuse exposition and do more telling than showing, this dark and twisted narrative conflict is thrust upon us without a hint of warning or hesitation. Bones and All utilizes every bit of its historical setting, allowing the 1980s to both support the creative aesthetic and the reality of what effectively becomes a cannibal road trip. This mood and tone are ideal for Luca Guadagnino’s preferences and his admirable capacity to make his characters incredibly relatable.

Even in the depths of their flaws, Maren and Lee are both realized characters that elicit sympathy. It is rather unusual to see a movie in this new wave of coming-of-age stories that is so complicated in terms of its ideology and moral ambiguity, yet pleasingly unified in its storytelling techniques. It feels more like a sigh of relief than a breath of fresh air, and it is a welcome one at that. Every shot of Arseni Khachaturan’s film Bones and All is gorgeous, with a smorgasbord of pastel-colored frames. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ exquisitely emotional score only serves to enhance this.

One of the sturdiest and most self-assured bellwethers of the current film season is Bones and All. While the juvenile cannibals struggle with their bloodlust, you as the viewer struggle with your morality and consider the ethics of the situation. Lee and Maren are written so acutely that, despite their scary complexity, it is impossible to resist succumbing to sympathy and feeling their mutual warmth. A sorrowful tale of young love, loneliness, and horrifying treachery is produced as a result of the expert blending of every element of horror and romance. Bones and All is a remarkable cinematic triumph in every way and is destined to become a classic coming-of-age story.


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