Date watched: Friday 1st September 2017

Format: Netflix

Year released: 2017

First time watching?: Yes

From IMDb: “A young woman is dealing with anorexia. She meets an unconventional doctor who challenges her to face her condition and embrace life.”

I’m becoming a fast fan of Lily Collins; her movie work just seems to get better and better the more she creates. Maybe she’s just picking her roles well to those that suit her, but she’s fast becoming one of the best actresses out there.

This was not a comfortable movie to watch. The themes it deals with are dark, and come with trigger warnings, but the topics are handled incredibly well in my uneducated view, and despite dealing with a difficult subject, writer and director Marti Noxon manages to add humour and realism to the movie to make it a wonderfully engaging movie.

Watching Lily’s character Ellen go from bad to worse throughout the movie, and actually understanding why it’s happening was an eye opener. I personally have never knowingly dealt with anyone who has suffered from an eating disorder, and some of the things I experienced watching this movie were eye opening.

I found it incredibly important to watch. I actually think it may have made a good little TV series featuring all the different characters and back stories going on within the house Ellen goes to in order to try to get better. It was kind of a shame not to explore everything going on with the other characters and experience things from their points of view. As I said, I am inexperienced with eating disorders and found this movie to actually be educational in how those suffering think and the way their minds work with these conditions.

It is frightening to think that there are people in the world who are so consumed with controlling what goes in and out of their bodies, not just because they want to be thin but because its gone past that and it’s become a lifestyle for them. This movie was a tiny little snapshot into the horrific reality that some people are doing these things to themselves, and it’s all very well people shouting “Why don’t they just eat” but it isn’t about that. It becomes habitual and lifestyle for people, and th=o change a lifestyle can’t happen overnight. An eye opener of a movie.

My rating: 8/10