Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Timothee Chalamet Cannibal Movie Panned in Venice as “Grotesque, Garish, and Unpleasant”


“Bones and All,” starring Timothee Chalamet as a modern day cannibal, is getting panned from Venice.

Variety’s Owen Glieberman says: “We see the characters ripping into bodies and munching away, the flesh coming off in chunks, the blood splattering everywhere. When they’re done with a meal, it will look like a serial killer was there. If that sounds a touch grotesque, it is; I found the scenes garish and unpleasant.”

Okay that’s enough. I won’t be seeing this movie, and neither will you. Chalamet is the androgynous It Boy of current cinema, so his fans will wax on and on about how amazing this all is. But actual people won’t sit through what’s described as “grotesque” and the Oscars are not going to come calling.

The reviewer for Collider gave it a B minus.

Luca Guadagnini made “Call Me By Your Name” with Chalamet and Armie Hammer, who professed this last year to be a real cannibal. That movie struck a swooning note in the LGBTetc community. But lighting is not striking twice, even with Michael Stuhlbarg returning to give another heartfelt speech about inclusion.

Pans also come from Richard Lawson in Vanity Fair: “Whatever thematic intention lies at the heart of Bones and All, Guadagnino keeps it at a distance. This is, despite its gruesome premise, perhaps the Italian director’s most straightforward work yet, an alternately plodding and engrossing YA road movie given a dab or two of art-house lacquer.”

The few positive takes are from the usual suspects who review festival films as is there’s a gun to their heads while taken hostage.

Please. Bite me!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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