Warning: Triggers, Anorexia, Eating Disorders, Mature Content,
And rightly so because this film isn’t easy to watch, which I think is the point. Not to glorify but to bring awareness.
To the Bone (Release Date: July 2017)
A young woman is dealing with anorexia. She meets an unconventional doctor who challenges her to face her condition and embrace life.
Director: Marti Noxon
Rating/ Runtime: TV-MA 1hr 47
This movie is getting a lot of flack for supposedly glorifying anorexia and other eating disorders. To be frank, I don’t get it. In no way does this film celebrate, promote, or glorify anorexia or any other serious eating disorders. Is it hard to watch? You bet it is! But it is what I think, an honest portrayal of a young woman literally fighting for her life. Or giving up on life, depending on how you look at it. What it does do is inform, and perhaps that is what is so hard for people to come to terms with. Yes, Lily Collins underwent dramatic weight loss for this film but she is not the first actor who has done it. Anyone see The Machinist? Completely different subject matter, but Christian Bale essentially did the same. Do I agree with the practice? Maybe not, but I do think that Lily was committed to an important role, and did it for important reasons. For that, I commend her.
Also, it should be noted that she did an amazing job with an undoubtedly difficult role. As did the rest of the cast. Keanu Reeves often gets knocked for being “Ted” or a dumb surfer in all of his films, which I find ridiculous. Take away the blockbusters from his resume and check out some of his other movies. Definitely not “Point Break” stuff. He was very good as “Dr. Beckham” and again, I applaud him for participating in something as important as this film.
The movie as a whole, was difficult to watch but I did find it enlightening and informative. There are some entertaining moments too and a little romance which added some brevity.
Overall, I think it does its job and was NOT in any way created for shock value. If you can handle disturbing imagery and difficult subject matter, I think everyone should watch it as it is important to shed light on the subject and more importantly, share awareness to the masses.
If you have seen it, I would love to hear your thoughts.