Release Date: December 11th, 2009 (limited theatrical)
January 15th, 2010 (Wide Release)
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan, and Stanley Tucci
Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
Directed by Peter Jackson
Rated PG-13 (mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language)
These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence. The connections, sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent., that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it.
Having walked out of the theater after viewing The Lovely Bones , I asked myself if it was a good film. I liked what I saw, but I was having doubts. Here we have a film that has gotten a lot press about what did and did not make it into the film. That press had gotten to me and I had to sit and ponder the film, forgetting about the press and focusing on the film. I came to the conclusion that I did, in fact, liked the film. It was not the masterpiece that I had hoped for, but it was a good film.
|Back when it wasn't strange that your creepy neighbor built a fort in the ground.|
But just when we get that safe feeling tragedy strikes. Susie doesn't come home one night after being lured into an underground clubhouse that her neighbor (Stanley Tucci) built in the cornfield behind Susie's school. We watch as her father frantically looks for all over town. The cops end up being called and the slow realization that Susie has been killed slowly sets in at the Salmon home.
Susie goes to what is referred to in the film as the "in between", which is the place you go to when you have things on earth that are unresolved. From what I got out of it is that Susie must help her family come to grips with her death and help her father find the killer. It is not made entirely clear, but that is what I got out of it.
The performances in the movie are handled very well. I am not a fan of Mark Walhberg, but I thought his performance was just right for the role. The actress that plays Susie is also very good, bringing an innocence to the role. Stanley Tucci, as the killer, is very effective. He brings an overall creepiness to the role and there is not one moment where we like him. His scene with Susie is one of the most effective scenes in the film.
Despite these minors flaws, The Lovely Bones is a very good film. It has a peaceful feel to it that I think is lacking from movies today. The Lovely Bones may not be the movie I thought it was going to be, but what I saw I liked. That I think is a fair trade