For several months there was great curiosity for the new film by Luca Guadagnino, Bones and Allwhich premiered in Venice 79 with Timothèe Chalamet And Taylor Russellprotagonists of a tormented and unusual love story.
Based on the bestseller by Camille DeAngelis, the film follows Maren and Lee, two teenagers who are not like all their peers. From an early age they have to manage an unstoppable impulse: they are hungry for human flesh. After Maren attacks a schoolmate, her father abandons her and she has to fend for herself. She puts all of her things in a backpack and begins traveling around the United States to find her mother. Along the way she meets some individuals with her own addiction who will change her life and the way she handles this dark need.
The script, adapted from David Kajganich, explores an impossible love story between two marginalized from society who come together in diversity to try to build a possible future. It is difficult to classify Guadagnino’s film in a genre because there is the brutality and a good dose of macabre that make it a disturbing and at times disturbing horror, combined with the drama of the subjects involved and the narrative development of a road movie.
However the identity of Bones and All it is confused, as if the director did not have a clear direction from the beginning and his own distorted romance did not upset the viewer emotionally enough. In fact, empathy is scarce towards the young couple traveling to find their place in the world, perhaps also because Chalamet and Russell are convincing and magnetic taken individually, but together on the scene they do not convey a particular alchemy.
Therefore, if the emotional component of the film staggers, the blood and the savage fury of these subjects hungry for human beings takes over which surely can shock since the prologue but nothing more. It also lacks that sensuality that in movies like this, like vampire and werewolf movies, works by following a few simple rules.
Special mention for Mark Rylance who plays the role of a disturbing and morbid character, a Hannibal Lecter with a hippie / navajo look who collects braids of hats stolen from his devoured victims. When she meets Maren, the man becomes obsessed with her and begins to chase her across the country. Bones and Allset in the late 1980s, analyzes the pain and brutality of addiction and marginalization, but lacks the courage to go any further and the result is a teen drama that is powerful in images but lacking in content.
The unstoppable drive with which Maren and Lee have to live does not allow them to establish deep and lasting bonds with others except with their own kind, and therefore makes the hypothesis of a “normal” future vanish. A kind of Twilight horror that reflects on the different, on the spirit of adaptation and survival in a rural and bleak American Midwest, but which does not involve.