I watched a Netflix movie called To the Bone a few days ago. It’s one of those person has to overcome adversity with the help of an unconventional therapist/place. If you don’t get what I mean think of Perks of Being a Wallflower crossed with Fault in Our Stars (if that movie was actually good.)
If none of that made any sense to you don’t worry I’ll explain the plot properly. The movie is about a young girl named Ellen who has anorexia, has tried many treatments and therapy programs but nothing seems to be working. Her step mom sends her to Threshold House, a recovery program with an unconventional therapist named Dr. Beck, played by Keanu Reeves.
The characters are well written and believable. I wasn’t sure about Keanu Reeves being in something other than an action movie but he does well here. Granted his dialogue is a bit clichéd but it works for the most part. The other characters are likeable and I found myself rooting for them as the movie went on. They felt like actual people, instead of characters.
Ellen is a great character, she’s funny, relatable, and vulnerable. Her step mom, Susan, is realistic and I felt like I could empathize with her. Kelly, her sister, is also good and I really liked the relationship between her and Ellen. The other roommates in Threshold House are funny, and charming. Luke, Pearl, and Megan are three characters that stand out in my mind. Luke meets Ellen when she first moves into Threshold House. He’s a ballet dancer who has anorexia, with a wicked sense of humor. He also has a crush on Ellen. Pearl is Ellen’s roommate who loves unicorns and pink things. Megan is older and one of the few patients who still gets her periods, at least she did until she got pregnant. She’s a quiet character who’s hopeful that her and her baby’s future can be better if she learns to eat properly.
The writing is decent, it doesn’t reinvent anything but it doesn’t need to. As I mentioned earlier the movie does follow a formula but you hardly notice it. The story itself is universal and that’s why it works. I loved how they didn’t shy away from showing tough subject matter, and it’s very real consequences. The movie does a great job of dealing with issues like miscarriage, anxiety and depression.
Overall I enjoyed the movie. It’s well written and I liked the characters. The story is good and I could relate to it, even if I’ve never had an eating disorder. The acting was superb all around and while I had my doubts about Keanu Reeves at first, he quickly won me over by the end of the movie.
I would highly recommend this movie to anyone. That being said, it does deal with eating disorders and realistically so. If that’s something you’re uncomfortable with, or you’re worried about potential triggers, than this movie probably isn’t for you. If that’s not you, then great, go watch it right now. You won’t regret it.