To The Bone
Directed by: Marti Noxon
Starring: Lily Collins, Keanu Reaves, Leslie Bibb
What has the director done before?
Marti Noxon is best known for her work on television programs Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Unreal so some may argue that it is an unusual turn for her to direct a movie about anorexia, however, when you consider that Noxon, has been fighting anorexia since she was a teenager it makes total sense. The personal insight into the complexity of anorexia is key to the rawness and realness of To The Bone, brought in by the director and leading actresses Lily Collins who also struggles with anorexia.
How does this relate to the real world?
We live in an airbrushed world obsessed with thinness, zero calories and weight loss before and after photos, so To The Bone refers to the real world, giving us a snap shot of how far this obsession with thinness can affect a person, mentally, physically and socially.
If To The Bone, is of interest to you, I recommend watching the HBO documentary THIN, which follows women in an eating disorder rehabilitation centre. THIN details their struggle for recovery from eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, it is not for the faint hearted but gives a real world example of what these diseases can do, and the length people will go to be thin.
Who gave the best performance?
Lily Collins, who plays the lead character, Ellen, definitely brought the film together as even though she was suffering from anorexia, she was also humorous and sarcastic, but yet also able troubled, a complex mix to convey. I would compare it to how someone can be the funniest most charming person, but also come off as guarded and you are intuitively aware that bricks of issues build their character. Lilly Collins has been an actress that people are aware of, probably because her father is Phil Collins, she was also in the Luke warmly received Mirror, Mirror with Julia Roberts which was marketed heavily. Lilly Collins is making quite the revival, having starred in another Netflix hit Okja and previously starring in Warren Beatty directed Rules Don’t Apply.
Was it as bad as the critics’ say
Critics have been mixed about the film, some saying that it might be triggering for people who struggle with eating disorders, some who say that it is not an accurate picture of anorexia and some are praising the film. I think with films that deal with such a sensitive topic that it is bound to be divisive. To The Bone, is not as bad as the critics are saying, it is a fascinating insight into eating disorders a previously untouched subject matter within films.
What let the movie down?
The movie had the perfect, runtime of 107 minutes and was excellently cast as each character of the film supported the story. However, while there is enough great material from the beginning and middle, the ending does get a bit metaphysical, and you can quickly switch off, that would be the only let down to a solid film.