TO THE BONE REVIEW

20 year-old Ellen isn’t interested in living. Being sent to various recovery programs throughout her life, her extremely dysfunctional family sends her to one with Dr William Beckham. Using radical and contemporary recovery methods, this dark comedic story follows the Ellen’s journey through anorexia nervosa.

This controversial drama is by far Collins’ best work. Her riveting and striking performance is extremely realistic in how she portrays a young women with anorexia. By far it is one of the most honest stories I’ve ever been told. Reason being  that firstly, Collins and Noxon have both previously suffered from eating disorders which I’m sure resulted it in being an accurate representation of real life. Secondly, throughout the films entirety, other eating disorders are being referred too, like bulimia nervosa. You see dreadful effects of these eating disorders which are not made to look better than they are (having a miscarriage from bulimia).

Although there are some, I have never watched such an insightful film about eating disorders. It really sheds some light on this topic of discussion. The ending actually reminded me of a Woody Allen film, with the abrupt finish which leads you to your imagination. Obviously, Eli was going to try and get better. However, it wasn’t a happy ending for everyone from losing their babies to never being able to pursue their passion again. It was sorrowful, but not tragic. This shows just how there is a never ending cycle. Of course it couldn’t show everyone overcome their eating disorders as that’s just not realistic. Also, Eli and Luke couldn’t have made up and become friends again. Within the film anyway. The story was about Eli’s road to recovery and how she overcame her demons. Although we pity Luke and want him to be happy, it just wasn’t about it. He just happened to be a significant part of her recovery.

‘To The Bone’ has been getting a lot of backlash by ‘glamorizing’ and ‘romanticizing’ anorexia. It has even being accused of being a potential ‘trigger’ for anyone who has or is suffering from an eating disorder. However, although it may be a trigger, there is a warning at the beginning of the film about the contents. Personally, I think it is an incredible story that needs to be told. On the other hand, for more sensitive viewers it may not be the best film to watch as it shows insanely thin Lily Collins and different eating patterns throughout the movie. It does also show the negative effects of eating disorders which are difficult to watch, yet still truthful.  How can you make a film about a topic this serious, safe for people to watch? You just can’t.

The fact that ‘To The Bone’ is partially a comedy has started a lot of debates as well. Why should a film about something so important, be made to make people laugh? I did laugh during it, at Eli’s cynical sense of humor to Luke’s awkward and semi-funny jokes. Humor fitted into this film perfectly though. A film like this needs something like that to make it entertaining. At the end of the day, the directors and producers want people to enjoy watching it, as well as making them think. More importantly, the fact that these young adults were still joking and talking humorously can give other people hope. There is some light at the end of the tunnel and with support of friends, you can get through it.

This deep, sensitive and sharp film will bring you to tears, make you laugh and think. It may not be Oscar-Winning, but is still worth to watch with Lily Collins performing excellently in such a tender way. Before you make a judgement, at least watch the film!

FACTS ABOUT ‘TO THE BONE’

Lily Collins’ new film, ‘To the Bone’ is to be released on the 14th July. It is part drama, part dark-comedy. As you may know, Lily Collins is one of my favourite actresses’, so I am super excited to watch this! Here are some facts you should know before watching it.

  1. It’s about a young woman suffering with anorexia. Collins portrays Ellen, who has been to various recovery programs and has a doctor with unusual methods about the road to recovery.
  2. Lily lost weight for the movie. In an interview she said how she worked with a nutritionist and there was “…never a weight goal, never a number. It was something I decided to do as an actor for a role.”
  3. The movie was semi-autobiographical. Noxon said that the writing was the hardest part and kept reminding herself that this movie was different from her own experiences.
  4. Netflix payed $8 million for the film. It made a deal for world rights at the Sundance festival during January 2017, which is where it first premiered.
  5. Lily said it was the universe telling her to do it. After she had written her book ‘Unfiltered’,where the ‘Love Rosie’ actress talked about her eating disorder as a teenager, a week later the script was sent to her.
  6. ‘To the Bone’ has an  excellent cast. This includes Keanu Reaves, Liana Liberato, Ciara Bravo, Alex Sharp, Carrie Preston and Lili Taylor.
  7. The charity ‘Project Heal’ has been partnering with the movie. Of course, this has resulted in more.backlash. Project Heal is a charity which wants to raise more awareness to eating disorders and raise money to support sufferers so they can get the treatment they need.
  8. It was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize. Hopefully, once it’s released, there will be many more to come.
  9. There has been many opposing views. While the Guardian has described it as ‘trite’ and ‘shallow’,while also being a ‘story that needs to be told’ in various interviews. The trailer has become a controversial subject to talk about, as people are worried they might be ‘triggered.’
  10. Collins suffered from an eating disorder as a teenager. Marti Noxon (director) also did as well. ‘To the Bone’ has been accused of ‘glamorizing’ anorexia, so Collins responded by saying that would be the last thing they would want to do as her and Noxon have been previous sufferers. Also, that people can’t judge it yet just on the trailer

OKJA REVIEW

For the last 10 years, Mija been living peacefully in the mountainous South Korea with Okja-A creature which is half hippo and half pig, otherwise known as a ‘Super Pig.’ When Mija finds out the multimillionaire Mirando Corporation wants to harvest Okja for her meat (as well as all the other super pigs), Mija does everything in her power to rescue Okja.

Bong Joon Ho creates a wonder with an excellent ensemble of actors for the film Okja. It must be one of the best films Netflix has ever made as it’s utterly original and fresh, while challenging some of the most significant issues in the 21st century, from vegetarianism to white privilege to what money can make us become.

One thing I should say though, is this is not a film for younger audiences. As I pressed play on the remote yesterday, I was expecting a playful, family-fun film. It is not. Even I felt sick and disgusted and even scarred as the credits began to roll.

It’s definitely a film to make you think. As a meat-eater, guilt was flooding through me by the end. Of course it was exaggerated about the treatment of animals before slaughter; the fact is the conditions for many animals are still extremely cruel and inhumane. One of the last scenes was showing how they put the animals down. The man who was doing the job did it without hesitating and without remorse. I feel as if this shows the ignorance of certain people today of different wealth, types of businesses and colour.

I’ve never cried so much in a film (maybe apart from Titanic). That is because Okja shows a version of reality, which is exaggerated and true at the same time. Businesses and people who’ll do anything for money. An opposing political group who have different morals which seem ‘right’ but can become just as extreme. The harshness of battery farming and what love can make people do. The message it gives I think is so important, which is why it’s a movie that everyone needs to watch. Somehow, Bong Joon Ho creates a mesmerizing and fascinating sensation while still completely twisted and corrupt.

Originally the ending was going to be slightly different, which more people might have enjoyed. Bong Joon Ho said in an interview “That seemed too cartoonish ― I wanted to focus on Okja alone.” The ending was fitting to the story. Okja may not be the next box-office hit, but has an incredible message which is shown in such an authentic, genuine and extremely honest way that I think both teenagers and adults need to watch and understand.

Whether this dark, pessimistic fairy-tale ends happily or not is debatable. Mija does succeed in her goal which if we were asked about at the beginning, I’m sure we would all say that’s a happy ending; by the end we are all left feeling empty inside, realizing in more depth the harsh reality of life while rethinking our morals and knowing that happily ever after does not exist.

ABOUT ME…

Hello film lovers! I’ve already written something that mentions a bit about what sort of things I will be writing, so I thought for my first proper post I would just talk about me. To be more interesting, I’m going to do a top five on various aspects of film. I’ve really had to condense it down a lot though…

Favourite directors:                                              Favourite films:

  • Wes Anderson                                              The Philadelphia Story
  • Alfred Hitchcock                                          Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Woody Allen                                                  The Irrational Man
  • George Cukor                                                Roman Holiday
  • William Wyler                                              Charade

Favourite actresses:                                               Favourite actors:

  • Audrey Hepburn                                           Cary Grant
  • Jennifer Lawrence                                        Gregory Peck
  • Julia Roberts                                                   Robert De Niro
  • Ingrid Bergman                                             Marlon Brando
  • Lily Collins                                                      Leonardo DiCaprio

Guilty pleasures:                                                     Favourite producers:

  • Grown Ups                                                     Adam Sandler
  • Pirates of the Caribbean                              George Lucas
  • The Interview                                                 Francis Ford Coppola
  • 50 first Dates                                                   Jessica Chastain
  • Blended                                                            Kathleen Kennedy