Thursday, April 7, 2011
The Lovely Bones
Directed (and written) by Peter Jackson, Dreamworks SKG, 2009. Starring Mark Walhberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci and Saoirse Ronan.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller.
Question: I was trying to think of a question regarding this particular movie to get everyone connected and I just can't think of one. Sorry. The subject matter of The Lovely Bones is usually one I don't care to watch, but many of my friends read the book and enjoyed it, and I watch movies so.....
What can I say about The Lovely Bones? Well, I was depressed during most of it because it is about a young girl's death in the early 70's and her family's desire to figure out who killed her. Also, the young girl is hanging around in limbo trying to reach out to her family. This is the premise of the story, a hard one to watch, I know. But, frankly, I was bored throughout most of the film along with being depressed.
Stanley Tucci, one of my favorite actors, plays the sadistic, killer neighbor who isn't a suspect to the people around him but for us, the audience, we know everything. Mark Walhberg plays the father of the young girl who was killed. Although he did a decent job, he looked so much like his character in Boogie Nights that I had a hard time disassociating him from that film. Very distracting.
There were parts where "limbo" was supposed to be overly theatrical or whimsical but I just didn't buy it.
The young actor, Saoirse Ronan, did a really good job but I am afraid to admit that I just didn't connect with her character. Perhaps all this was better in the book (by Alice Sebold) with the reader's imagination.
Sorry I skipped a day from posting but this one was a struggle for me to wrap my head around. Let's hope the next film is one I can delve into deeper and enjoy the story more.
My favorite thing: Susan Saradon's character - the only comic relief in this heavy drama.
My least favorite thing: The anticipation of Dirk Diggler's entrance.
Possibility of a sequel? No, fortunately.
Did the previews show too much? Actually, yes.
Length: 136 minutes
Review: 3 out 10
COMING SOON: Conviction