Marrowbone (2017) Movie Review and Ending Explained


The Review (Spoiler Free)

“Marrowbone,” a film directed by Sergio G. Sánchez, is a haunting tale that intertwines elements of horror, mystery, and drama. The movie follows the story of four siblings who, after the death of their mother, seek refuge in an old family home known as Marrowbone House. However, they soon find themselves haunted by a sinister presence and a dark family secret.

The film is set in 1969 and beautifully captures the era’s aesthetic, with meticulous attention to detail in both setting and costume design. The house itself becomes a character, with its creaky floors and shadowy corners providing a perfect backdrop for the unfolding mystery.

George MacKay delivers a compelling performance as Jack, the eldest sibling determined to keep his family together. Anya Taylor-Joy, as Allie, brings a sense of strength and warmth to the film, serving as a beacon of hope for the Marrowbone children. Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth, and Matthew Stagg also give noteworthy performances, portraying the complex emotions of children burdened by loss and fear.

Sánchez’s direction is deliberate and atmospheric, creating a slow-burning tension that builds throughout the film. The narrative is carefully constructed, with layers of the story unraveling as the film progresses. The use of natural light adds to the authenticity and eeriness of the scenes, particularly within the confines of the Marrowbone House.

Critics have had mixed reactions to “Marrowbone.” Some praise the film for its emotional depth and the strong performances of its cast. Others criticize it for its predictable plot twists and lack of genuine scares. Despite these criticisms, the film has found an audience that appreciates its blend of genres and the psychological depth of its characters.

The movie’s exploration of themes such as family bonds, grief, and the fear of the unknown resonates with viewers. The siblings’ struggle to protect their family and confront their demons is both heart-wrenching and relatable. The film’s climax, which reveals the dark secret of Marrowbone House, is both shocking and thought-provoking, leaving the audience to ponder the true nature of the horror that haunts the family.

Ending Explained (Spoiler Warning!)

The biggest surprise is that this movie isn’t about ghosts or demons.  The movie is about multiple personality.  Some might be disappointed by this, but I thought it was brilliant.  The movie does a very good job making you believe that there is ghost in the house until the end.

The story begins with mom and her three sons and a daughter who ran away from her abusive and violent husband.  They found an old house in a remote parts of the small town and settled in.  But problem started when the mom got very ill and eventually died leaving them all alone.  Their plan was to stay hidden until the oldest turns 21, so that they get to stay together.  The oldest, Jack, vow to the rest of the siblings that he will protect them and they will never be separated.

For little while, everything seems okay.  They are all together and having fun.  They even met a local girl named Allie who became part of the family.  She even fall in love with the oldest one, Jack.

But one day, the abusive and violent father eventually found them.  We found out later in the movie that he came looking for them because Rose, the mom, stole money from him before she came to America.  So the father is very angry at the rest of the family.  At the end, Jack failed to protect the siblings and they are all murdered by the father in the attic.  But Jack was able to locked him inside the attic along with dead bodies of the siblings.

Jack was devastated, so he was about to commit suicide.  But his survival instinct kicked in and he created a multiple personalities to make him believe that the siblings are not actually dead.  He was able to live with multiple personality disorder for while believing that the siblings are alive and well.  This explains the fact that Jack is able to go out to get supplies and even meet up with his girl friend, Allie, and the rest of the siblings are not allow to leave home.  He was also able to deal with the curious lawyer all by himself.

But living with multiple personalities is slowly killing him, so eventually the other personalities decided to get help.  They knew only person who can really help him is his girlfriend, Allie.  So they contacted her and she eventually found out what happened.  We also found out the violent father is still alive in the attic and still causing problem.  He ended up killing the curious lawyer and tried to kill Allie.

At the end, Allie decided to stay with him and help him to get better.  The final surprise is that, against the recommendation from the doctor, she decided not to drug him.  She decided to let him continue to believe that his siblings are alive and well.  Because she realized that, that is when he is truly happy.

In the Nutshell

“Marrowbone” is a film that may not redefine the horror genre but certainly adds a layer of emotional complexity rarely seen in such films. It is a story of love, loss, and the lengths one will go to protect family. Whether you are a fan of horror or drama, “Marrowbone” offers a compelling narrative and a chilling atmosphere that are sure to engage and entertain.  [5 out of 5 stars]

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  1. I thought the siblings were in his head and that he was acting all the personalities of them. I thought the “covered” up bodies were just soiled rags or such, as we did not see them.

    1. We did see the bodies though. Allie even sees the bodies and reacts to them and even covers them back up. The siblings were real until they were killed by dad, then they became alters of Jacks mind that he “acted out” as.

  2. Just finished watching it and it kept me entranced and a twist I did not predict. I give it an 8/10

  3. Just an FyI..They didn’t “find” the house, it was the mothers childhood home I believe. Also it was 21 for Jack.

  4. Did anyone notice the daughter is not in the final picture in the movie? Also, her doll is slightly displaced in the final scenes, on the bed. I wonder what is the deeper meaning. Hello, everyone, l am the Movie Genius.

    1. The sister was in the final picture, she was wearing a hat. It was the photo that his girlfriend took when she and all siblings went on a picnic near the beginning of the film.- I enjoyed movie with the twist & all

  5. Did anyone notice the daughter is not in the final picture in the movie? I wonder what is the deeper meaning. Hello, everyone, l am the Movie Genius.

  6. Don’t agree with the synopsis of this review at all.
    Immediately picked up there was a DiD going on from the beginning. Don’t forget the MOTHER was alive when ALL the characters were present, and the FATHER had not presented himself till well after the mother died, therefore the father supposedly killing the real siblings in the attic could not have caused Jack to develop the other personas. They already existed and were never real anyway. They were created in Jacks mind because of the abuse he suffered by his father when a child. My synopsis therefore is this, Jacks girlfriend is the actual MULTIPLE PERSONALITY not Jack who is also a character (personality) of her mind. The attic scene at the end of the father (alive) is in her mind, she killed the lawyer, and then the personality Jack came to her rescue while supposedly being attacked by his father. The scene of her at the doctors office getting the medicine was for her not Jack the doctor knew she was the one with DiD and the medication she was storing and not taking was because she lived happily in the fantasy world of her mind!

    1. The characters already existed in real life. They were very real and there was paper articles regarding the daughter’s abuse. How did they never exist? They were real people. Jack kept them alive in his mind after they were brutally murdered. These are not characters anyone conjured up, especially not Allie. Your take on this makes no sense at all. Sorry.

  7. Well, I finished the movie now and I am quite in love with the acting of all those involved. Just omgg. That child actor is so cute and adorable. And all the protagonists have portrayed their roles perfectly. Well, wait for the surprise at the end. I am not gonna say anymore.

  8. Wow, Some of the viewers have NO imagination and to rate this poorly, must prove you didn’t grasps how intricately woven all the different themes within this great Thriller. I had no idea the other children were dead, the storyline well fine, and then brings it all together in a terrible unexpected final twist. There’s too Manu CONJURING fans out there and really, these more overlooked and underrated movies in my opinion are outstanding because they aren’t big budget special effect horror. The storyline, acting and what we don’t know is what really makes a movie great. Kudos!


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