Bones and All: A deeply odd experience 


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Ava Wittman, Co-Editor-in-Chief

If you are looking for a truly charming and equally heartwarming tale on the trials and tribulations of average teenage lives that reveals what, at the end of the day, really makes all of us human, then do not watch this movie. 

However, if you are looking to be thoroughly confused, disturbed and, frankly, a little scared for two hours, look no further. 

Bones and All was a profoundly odd experience perfectly summed up by the guy in the theater during my viewing who announced, “What on Earth did I just watch?” as soon as the film cut to black.

Do not get me wrong; this movie was an incredible watch, but I cannot encapsulate or describe to you what a viscerally strange experience it is. The movie wastes no time diving into its main theme – cannibalism – with a scene only about a minute into the movie. The rest of the movie follows Maren (Taylor Russel) and Lee (Timothee Chalamet) as they experience life on the road as cannibals. 

While viewing this film, you will come uncomfortably close to a variety of cannibals, some exactly as you would expect a person who eats other people to be, and some a whole lot more human than you might anticipate or appreciate. You will watch things you hoped to never see, you will wonder about the motivations behind atrocities you’ve never even imagined and you will like people you feel you never should have. 

This movie is not a delightful watch; it is not a cheer-at-the-screen or cry-along-with-the-characters type of watch. Odds are the film will end and you will feel as I did: sort of empty. You watched a movie on people killing and consuming other people, people you feel you should probably hate, and the credits will roll, and you simply won’t. But crucially, you won’t like them either. The movie admittedly does seem to add up to nothing; you have just as many questions at the end as you did at the beginning. The ending is almost unsatisfactory, and it is upsetting and perfect, which may very well be the whole point of the movie: perhaps not everything is explicable. Perhaps things happen because they do, and we live with the fall out. Or maybe you’ve spent your last two hours watching people eat people. 

It was an objectively amazing movie that I did not enjoy. Go watch it right now.