The average movie trailer these days does a little more than what it’s supposed to: promote the movie. And that’s perfectly fine, if a bit boring. A lot of people refuse to even watch the trailer for fear of being damaged. We want to see the actual movie!
But Bones and allThe first full trailer has appeared to challenge the anti-trailer team to reconsider their position. Set to Leonard Cohen’s song, low and full of stones “You want it darker, ” This is basically a little music video — edited in time to the beat of the song, cut to the beat of the drums, the footage organized along with the continuous notes. When Cohen sings of “a lullaby for suffering,” darkness and violence abound, both lyrical and visual.
And blood. There is a lot of blood. Bones and all is a love story about teenage cannibals traveling across the Midwest, after all; they spend the film gnawing on their bodies and wiping the blood off their faces and fingernails. While Marin (Taylor Russell) is dealing with her innate lust for human flesh, her new lover, Lee (Timothée Chalamet) has accepted many things in life.
“I didn’t know I was allowed/murdered and assaulted,” Cohen sings, as if he were Marin, unsure how far she could go with her cannibalism. Lee, meanwhile, is the one who teaches her that murder is the name of the game, as we watch him slit a man’s throat, walk out of an abandoned shack with blood on his chest, and think about his existence while the blood of his latest victim stains his cheeks.
We also get glimpses of Chalamet and Russell’s co-stars: Mark Rylance, who plays the mysterious elderly cannibal Sully; Michael Stuhlbarg, a naked man whom Marin and Lee met on their cross-country journey; and a very brief look at a big star, whom I dare not spoil my role. (I’ll let you spot her for yourself. She’s almost unrecognizable.)
If Bones and all Look no further than this pack of clips recorded by Leonard Cohen for self-performance, it’s set to be one of the most visually appealing works of art of 2022. It’s so cool it’s an actual movie, according to Review of The Daily Beast from its premiere in Venice, was “a painfully emotional, romantic triumph” in its own right.
Bones and all opens in select theaters on November 18, before expanding nationally on November 23.