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Luca Guadagnino
Timothée Chalamet, Taylor Russell, André Holland
Writing Credits:
David Kajganich

18-year-old Maren learns how to survive on the margins of society.

Box Office:
$20 million.
Opening Weekend:
$3,616,339 on 2727 Screens.
Domestic Gross:

Rated R.

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
English Dolby Atmos
English Descriptive Audio (US)
English Descriptive Audio (UK)
French Dolby 5.1
Spanish Dolby 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 131 min.
Price: $34.98
Release Date: 1/31/2023

• 5 Promotional Featurettes


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Bones and All [Blu-Ray] (2022)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (January 25, 2023)

Based on its title, one might expect 2022’s Bones and All to present a horror movie. One would assume correctly – to a degree, at least, as the film mixes the genre with “coming of age” romance as well.

Based on Camille DeAngelis’s 2016 novel, Bones takes place in the 1980s. Maren Yearly (Taylor Russell) behaves violently at a sleepover, an action that prompts her father Frank (André Holland) to move the two of them from Virginia to Maryland to escape the uproar.

This turns out not to be Maren’s first episode of this sort. Instead, Maren displayed a taste for cannibalism since a young age, though Frank managed to keep a lid on those events prior to the latest one.

When Maren turns 18, Frank abandons her, largely due to his inability to cope with her behaviors. Now on her own, Maren meets Lee (Timothée Chalamet), another marginalized youth, and the two embark on a romance and a long journey with some damaging repercussions as Maren attempts to better understand her need to consume human flesh.

Young Cannibals In Love sounds like a more apt title for the film than Bones and All. Obviously those involved didn’t want such an “exploitation” title for something with more serious pretensions like this.

Bones reunites Chalamet with Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino. It also brings back that film’s Michael Stuhlbarg and boasts “names” like Mark Rylance, Chloë Sevigny and Jessica Harper.

In other words, we get a broader level of talent than one might anticipate for a movie that pursues horror topics. Unsurprisingly, Guadagnino approaches the material in a manner that downplays genre thrills and accentuates characters and themes.

Given that Name acts as Guadagnino’s most well-known film, he might seem like an odd choice to helm Bones. However, he also dipped into horror with 2018’s remake of Suspiria.

Bones feels like a semi-awkward combination of Guadagnino’s last two movies. It mixes the violent darkness of Suspiria with the young love of Name.

Since I didn’t like either of those films, I went into Bones without great expectations. The movie winds up more satisfying than I anticipated due to those prior experiences, but that doesn’t mean I think it genuinely works.

In essence, Bones tells a fairly slow character story punctuated with occasional moments of violence. Guadagnino manages to spice up the narrative enough to keep us with it, but I admit the path the film takes tends to feel sluggish a lot of the time.

Part of the problem comes from the sketchy nature of the roles. Bones offers a twist on the “coming of age” narrative, but it doesn’t find a way to explore the parts in an especially memorable manner.

This feels particularly problematic given the focus on Maren. While we need to see her evolution, Bones doesn’t manage to make her especially compelling.

Aspects of the narrative do create some intrigue, mainly due to the subculture of cannibals Maren uncovers. Bones implies a supernatural vampiric vibe, as Maren and the rest need to feed to survive.

Unfortunately, Bones just doesn’t do enough with the theme to make the result particularly vivid. While the tale sparks to life at times, too much of it meanders.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B/ Bonus D

Bones and All appears in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a positive presentation.

Overall sharpness appeared strong. Only a little softness ever materialized, so the majority of the flick seemed accurate and precise.

The movie usually seemed solid, and I noticed no shimmering or jagged edges. Edge haloes and print flaws remained absent.

Despite the movie’s period setting, it opted for an orange and teal orientation that felt typical for modern movies. The disc reproduced them as intended.

Blacks appeared dark and deep, and shadows showed good delineation. Low-light shots offered nice clarity. In the end, I felt pleased with this appealing presentation.

As for the movie’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack, it added a bit of zip to the proceedings. A fairly subdued affair, the mix lacked a ton of zing, but it blasted music from all the channels and let the effects fill the spectrum.

Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, a few violent scenes used the soundscape to the most impactful degree. These moments occurred infrequently, though, so atmosphere became the most consistent element, and those moments created a satisfying sense of place and setting.

Audio quality worked well. Speech was concise and natural, while music boasted fine range and vivacity.

Effects gave us accurate, dynamic elements without distortion. Though not an especially ambitious track, the movie’s mix seemed more than acceptable.

Five promotional featurettes fill out the disc. We find “A Look Inside” (2:23), “The Vision of Bones and All” (1:32), “Meet Lee” (2:06), “Meet Maren” (1:32) and “Outsiders in Love” (1:52).

Across these, we find notes from director Luca Guadagnino and actors Timothée Chalamet, Taylor Russell and Mark Rylance.

The segments look at story and characters, Guadagnino’s approach to the material, cast and performances. A few minor thoughts emerge but these remain advertisements above all else.

As a mix of character drama and horror, Bones and All shows perverse promise. However, it fails to meld the two genres in a satisfying manner. The Blu-ray comes with generally positive picture and audio as well as minor bonus materials. While not a bad movie, Bones doesn’t quite click.

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