Bones and All is now in select theaters nationwide and is  available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and I suspect it will be a “must watch this” weekend for lots of people. For instance, I know my daughter and her friends are having a watch party and I think that’s a wonderful idea, because Bones and All is a film so compelling, it sticks with you, so you’ll be talking about it long after the end credits have run. 

Must Watch Film: Bones and All:

Bones and All

My thanks to United Artists/MGM for sending me a For Your Consideration screener of Bones and All to review and consider for nomination in the upcoming award season. All opinions are my own. 

About Bones and All: A Film about Love:

UA-MGM Films /Directed by: Luca  Guadagnino/Run Time:2 hr 11 mins./Genre: Drama/Horror/Romance /Rating: R for blood, violence content, language and sexual situations.


“Bones and All follows a young woman Maen (played by Taylor Russell) and a disenfranchised drifter (played by Timothee Chalamet) as they embark on a romantic odyssey through the back roads of Reagan-era America. Despite their best efforts to survive on the margins of society all roads lead back to their pasts and their complicated appetites.”  

My Thoughts:

Bones and All Film

As I mentioned in my recent film review for Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, if a film has been adapted from a book, I like to read the book prior to watching the film. In the case of Bones and All, I didn’t know there was a book until after viewing the film. 

The story line and the characters stayed with me for a while after finishing the film because I felt like the story wasn’t finished. Don’t get me wrong, the film's end is well done and for some, they can simply walk away after feeling they saw a great film. But for me, each character was brought to life so superbly, each scene so captivating, that after finishing the film, I have to know more!

More of the back story on Lee (Timothee Chalamet) and Maren (Russel Taylor). Is being a cannibal or  “eaters” as they are called in the film really hereditary? Why didn’t the affected parents sit them down and warn them of this affliction? In theory, I get it, cannibalism is a taboo and illegal subject, but at some point, you have a parental obligation to be as forthcoming as possible when it comes to something this life altering. At least that's my stand on it.

And what of Sully (played by Mark Rylance)? What’s his back story? How did he acquire his ability to use all of his senses, especially scent? How has he lived all these years under the radar? Why does he have the reaction to Maren that he does? Is it because she’s so much younger than he? This character brings so much to each scene he is in. He's eerie, in a very delightful way.

My hope is that by reading the book, Bones and All, written by Camille DeAngelis, originally published March 10, 2015, I’ll be able to glean more of the story. I’ve added it to my Want to Read list on Goodreads here. Please feel free to add it to your TBR  list too and give me a follow.

Watch the film trailer:

The Takeaway: 

I highly recommend Bones and All and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Even though it’s listed as a horror film, and it does get gorey, I didn’t have to look away from scenes like I thought I’d have to. I do agree with the R rating! Disturbing as the subject matter is, I found myself fully immersed in the story and I think you’ll find yourself that way as well.

Each scene is crisp, with nothing extra to take you away from following along on the journey of these two lost souls who, against all odds, found each other, fell in love and set off to find answers to their life's hard questions. From the beautiful landscape scenes on Lee and Maren’s epic road trip, to the 80’s vehicles, lack of modern amenities etc., it feels and looks real. 

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