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Bones and All

Farhad Dalal
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Farhad Dalal
Rating
4 Star popcorn reviewss

Introduction

Years will change but our intensity will remain the same! It is a lovely Sunday and a lovely start to 2023 but before that we at Popcorn Reviewss wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2023 and hoping for all the love and success to come your way. And with that I finished watching the first new film of 2023 which is Bones And All. Directed by Luca Guadagnino who has films like Call Me By Your Name or Suspiria to his filmography, I was really looking forward to watching his new flick. However, with all the other new releases coming my way, this was put on the backburner. I finally did get my chance on this weekend that did not have too many new releases. So then is Bones And All worth your time, lets find out.

Story & Screenplay

Bones And All follows the story of a cannibal couple who are deeply in love with one another until their terrifying past keeps on troubling them. The story here is unique in many ways particularly because it does combine multiple genres like romance, drama and horror. The screenplay standing at 130 minutes does take you on a bit of a roller coaster where the proceedings are heartfelt yet brutal in so many ways.

The drama establishes the cannibalism in one of the characters very early on. In a shocking scene, the protagonist bites off a finger off her friend that does make for a terrifying and bone chilling opening scene. But the drama also jakes things clear that it will not stick to one particular genre. The film reminded me of the Assamese film Aamis which also dealt with a similar subject although the turn there was a little more sudden(in a good way). Films like these ensure that the viewers are caught off guard more often than not!

The drama is also coming of age in many ways. The roadtrip acts as a metaphor for self discovery wherein the protagonists are trying to adapt themselves to the ‘normal’ surroundings. The romance between them is subtle and nuanced upto a point where you begin caring for them. There are multiple sequences that the pair are a part of, some individually so, that give us a glimpse into their psyche. Some deep dark secrets are burried inside them, all of which combine to make the drama engaging and engrossing with a touch of texture that is flavourful. In between, there are moments of gore which are brutal and something that would make you squirm in your seats.

The final act has an uncanny ability to take you by surprise. Just when I was anticipating a ‘happy’ ending, there is a twist in the tale that hits you hard out of nowhere. It is dark and brutal in many ways, also bloody and gory yet the emotional connect is well maintained in a gutwrenching finale. You feel for the two characters who by then have established a beautiful bond with you, and in a moving scene right at the end, the drama possesses the ability to haunt you long after the things have ended. So overall, the screenplay is unique and quite engaging and nuanced.

Dialogues, Music & Direction

The dialogues are conversational but offer tender moments that do make for a haunting impact. The music and BGM are beautiful and blend brilliantly with the drama. The cinematography is meditative in many ways capturing some serene frames with a gentle touch. Director Luca Guadagnino has done an incredible job here, more so because he was catering to multiple genres at the same time. But he is able to create some beautiful moments even in poetic moments of gore that makes this drama unique and interesting.

Performances

The performances are outstanding here. Mark Rylance as Sully is subtly menacing and does a wonderful job. Timothy Chalamet as Lee is very well restrained and just so soulful in his performance. Taylor Russell as Maren looks pretty and has an incredible screen presence. She is phenomenal to watch and shares crackling chemistry with Timothy.

Conclusion

Bones And All is a beautiful concoction of romance and gore which shall haunt you long after the drama has ended. This one is Highly Recommended from my end.

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