‘Bones and All’ review: Benign young cannibals enter the ‘Twilight’ zone

Searching for her mother, young Maren (Taylor Russell) takes up with a fellow “Eater” (Timothée Chalamet) in “Bones and All.”

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How about “Twilight,” only this time around the beautiful young people are cannibals instead of vampires?

That’s what we get with the Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s equal parts elegant and grotesque road-trip saga “Bones and All,” which has a “Badlands” meets “Near Dark” vibe and contains a couple of genuinely effective shock moments, but ultimately comes across as a gratuitously violent and at times overwrought Young Adult drama dressed up with art-house accessories. The talented young leads acquit themselves well here, but this is also the kind of movie that provides the forum for not one but two of our finest character actors to deliver performances so hammy you’ll be reaching for the spicy mustard sauce.

With a score by the powerhouse team of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and some gorgeously sparse American visuals courtesy of cinematographer Arseni Khachaturan (“Bones and All” was filmed primarily in the greater Cincinnati region, which fills in for a number of states, including Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and Indiana), the story kicks off in the late 1980s, with high school student Maren (Taylor Russell) living with her father, Frank (André Holland), and sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night to join a slumber party in the nicer part of town. Maren is new in town and just beginning to make friends, and the night seems to be going fairly well until … well, let’s just cut to Maren racing back home, her clothes spattered with blood, and her father …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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