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The Lovely Bones (2009)

2009 film adaptation of the novel of the same name, directed by Peter Jackson.

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Good IF you haven't read the book

  • Jan 16, 2010
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As the story opens, the narrator, 14-year old Susie, tells us she was murdered. We then see a cringe-worthy scene (that doesn't actually show any violence) and Susie leaves earth for "the in-between;" a nice place, but not quite heaven. She watches her family as they cope with her death and the years pass.

I liked the book a lot, which is odd considering it's about a girl who is horrifically killed by a pervert. Except for that one scene, however, the book was uniformly upbeat and uplifting and brought me to happy tears. Susie loved being in her heaven, which looked like her beloved school and she could order peppermint ice cream anytime and never get told, "It's seasonal." The movie changes quite a lot of important plot points, the most notable being that Susie's "in-between" is set in a big field amid beautiful mountains, but she's not happy there and is usually agitated or confused. Instead of being joyous, the movie was very scary and relentlessly sad.

Young Saoirse Ronan (already an Oscar-nominee) is perfectly cast as Susie - all wide-eyed innocence. Stanley Tucci is subtly creepy as her killer, but wasn't quite loony enough. Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz were too young and beautiful to play her parents, and Susan Sarandon was obnoxious as her grandmother. Several characters who played key parts in the book were reduced to bit parts. The movie was very intense, but also very depressing, while the book left me comforted.

Bottom line: If you haven't read the book, you may well find this movie enthralling. I thought too much emphasis was placed on the strikingly visual after-life, while the hopeful message was missing entirely.

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January 24, 2011
Great review once again, although I loved Stanley Tucci in this.
 
January 16, 2010
In contrast, while I really loved the book, I found it depressing as hell until the very end.  All the stuff that began to happen throughout just seemed to be beating the depressing nature of the book in there. 

I'm not someone who hates movies because they're not like their books, though (I'll just read the book again).  So I'm more concerned with whether or not it still works as a film.  I don't think that just because it doesn't follow the book that would instantly make it bad.  It would make it inaccurate, but I don't know.  I'm not expecting a lot, but only because it's Peter Jackson who went from The Lord of the Rings to this... I'm skeptical because it's a wonder if he can leave the "Epic" kind of stuff behind.  I'm more worried that what Peter Jackson does is make an overblown movie more than an inaccurate one...
 
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review by . January 22, 2011
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*1/2 out of ****       I thought that perhaps I would go back and give Peter Jackson's latest film, "The Lovely Bones", a second chance. I thought that maybe it would be better the second time around. I thought that maybe, just maybe, I would give it my full attention. Upon finishing the film, I kind of had to wonder why the hell I revisited it. I didn't like it at first, and strangely enough, I still don't like it. I'm a Peter Jackson supporter by all means. I liked …
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review by . March 25, 2011
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review by . May 13, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
A fairly good adaptation of a brilliant novel. Read the book first.
review by . May 23, 2010
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The Lovely Bones is a 2009 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Alice Sebold. The film was directed by Peter Jackson and stars Saoirse Ronan as the protagonist Susie Salmon along with Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz as her parents, Jack and Abigail Salmon respectively.

Jackson and his producer partners acquired the rights independently and developed a script on their own, later selling it to DreamWorks. Production began in October 2007 in New Zealand and Pennsylvania. Paramount became a sole distributor a year later when they split with DreamWorks. The film's trailer was released on August 4, 2009.


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Characters
 
Susie Salmon, a 14-year-old girl who is murdered in the first chapter, and narrates the novel from heaven.
 
Jack Salmon, her father, who works for an insurance agency in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
Abigail Salmon, her mother, whose growing family frustrates her youthful dreams and later has an affair with Detective Len Fenerman.
 
Lindsey Salmon, Susie's sister, a year younger than she is, thought of as the smartest.
Buckley Salmon, Susie's brother, is ten years younger than she is. His unplanned birth forced Abigail to cancel her plans for a teaching career. He sometimes sees Susie while she watches him in her heaven.
 
Grandma Lynn, Abigail's mother, an eccentric alcoholic who comes to live with her son-in-law and grandchildren after her daughter leaves.
 
George Harvey, the ...
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Director: Peter Jackson
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
Runtime: 136 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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