The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones – Movie Review
Based on the best selling book by Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones is the story of a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.
The Lovely Bones is getting a huge amount of buzz because it’s based on a very popular novel. It’s got Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, and Rachel Weistz as well as, Stanley Tucci and the young phenomenon from South Africa whose name is spelled Saorise Rohan. The book was unclear about exactly what was going on until the very last chapter. I think that – and I don’t want to spoil the movie – but the point about the movie has really changed things around. The focus on the violence acts and deranged serial killer and the visuals doesn’t serve the material well: when you read about someone being caught in heaven in a book you can imagine it for yourself. Peter Jackson felt duty bound to show it in hypersaturated colors and I just don’t think it works very well. I loved the book, sobbed through it. I thought the changes they made to make the movie work don’t make the movie or the story work at all, one star. Well, no, I’ll give it two stars because the cast was so good but it was a real disappointment, so two stars.