‘To The Bone’: A Hard-Hitting, Gut Wrenching Film | Film Review
To The Bone is a 2017 Netflix drama starring Keanu Reeves, Lily Collins, Carrie Preston, Alanna Ubach, and Liana Liberato. It’s directed by Marti Noxon (known for producing Buffy The Vampire Slayer and writing I Am Number Four and Fright Night). A synopsis for this film reads: “A young woman is dealing with anorexia. She meets an unconventional doctor who challenges her to face her condition and embrace life”.
First thing that I would like to say is: this film is brilliant.
It’s a good watch, appeals to a wide audience, and there are lots of learning points. Everyone that has had anorexia or knows someone with it or something similar will have a hard time watching, but it stays true to its theme.
The film is hard-hitting, indeed, to the bone. I was hooked from beginning to end and could not take my eyes away, even though it can be hard to watch due to how the characters are portrayed. Alas, that’s how it must be for a much-needed story like this. The film can get extremely emotional the more that you get to know the characters, especially the one played by Collins herself.
I think that the cast did an extraordinary job: everyone’s performance is amazing and true to their characters. It was good to see Reeves as a helpful doctor too; I think the role suited him.
There are scenes that will make you bawl, but they also help keep you grounded (plus, a touch of humour here and there enhances the experience).
If I were to mark this film, I would give it a 7.5 out of 10. It was educational, interesting, and perfect for a weekday watch.
To The Bone is now available to stream on Netflix, watch the official trailer below: