To The Bone

Cert: 15 Runtime: 107 mins Director: Marti Noxon Cast: Lily Collins, Alex Sharp, Dana Wilson, Rebekah Kennedy and Keanu Reeves

If you die… I will kill you

As the world is being consumed by Netflix, we ask this question what original movie shall we get next? Okja had a pro-founding effect on me, next up is To The Bone. As many films or shows about eating disorders it has caused controversy. Lily Collins did suffer from an eating disorder in her teens, I can imagine it brought a lot of raw emotion out for her. So what is the context of To The Bone? Ellen (Lily Collins) is an unruly 20-year-old anorexic girl who spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. Determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to send her to a group home for youths, which is led by a non-traditional doctor. Surprised by the unusual rules, Ellen must discover for herself how to confront her addiction and attempt self-acceptance.

Eating Disorders are a tough subject matter, To The Bone handles the subject with care. Marti Noxon doesn’t shy away from showing you all aspects of what an eating disorder is, and doesn’t glamorise it whatsoever. Don’t expect a Hallmark channel afternoon drama. To The Bone gives an accurate depiction of how much of a COMPULSION this is. Lily Collin’s character Ellen, puts her hand around her arm several times to make sure its not getting too big. Just little things like that are sprinkled in. She gives a good performance, but she lacked an emotional core IMO. And I also appreciated that there was a male patient receiving treatment. You don’t see stories of eating disorders with a male perspective too often in media. One of the things I didn’t care for though was the love story. Not only did I not think it was an important aspect for a story about a young woman’s journey into getting better. But he was so pushy.He is also in recovery and without knowing if he’ll be able to go back to dancing, that he would latch onto something else so quickly. He was in a way using her as a crutch, but it never gets properly addressed. And while I understand and agree with some of the doctors methods, I also was quite frustrated with him most of time. To The Bone is delicate and subtle, and probably worth anyone’s time.

6.9/10

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