July 19, 2017

To the Bone: Movie Review

You probably don't have much time to read a three page film review and you probably want the basics. We'll make it quick and easy to save you time. This is the To the Bone movie review.

Ellen (Lily Collins), a young adult female who suffers from anorexia nervosa, enters a rehabilitation program ran by an odd doctor (Keanu Reeves). Along the way to recovery Ellen gets a chance to feel what it is like to be alive.

Keanu Reeves and Lily Collins, Courtesy of Netflix
The film provides a stellar supporting cast and Lily Collins is wonderful, albeit at times too award-hungry. A larger problem looms over the film; To the Bone plays it safe while dealing with a harrowing disorder. One out of every 200 women in America suffers from anorexia. Around 10-20 percent of people with anorexia will die. Anorexia also has one of the higher death rates for mental disorders. Twenty percent of anorexia deaths are from suicide. While females are more likely to suffer from having anorexia nervosa, around 15 percent of males suffer as well. Anorexia nervosa is no laughing matter, and neither is it a matter to be taken lightly. To the Bone works hard to lighten the mood. A love arc is introduced, family problems are brought up time and time again, and Keanu Reeves is thrown in for good measure. All of it is not enough in the end. The story stalls while treading lightly over its subject material, eventually leading to an unsatisfying, bland ending. 

Grade: C
Good Qualities: Supporting Cast, Collins, Material
Bad Qualities: Safeness of the story


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