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The Diva's Review of The Lovely Bones(2009)

 

The Diva's review of
The Lovely Bones(2009)

 

The Lovely Bones
Rated ; running time of 2 hours and 15 minutes
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Genre: Drama
Written by: Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the novel by Alice Sebold
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Rose McIver, Michael Imperioli, Nikki SooHoo
Release Date: 12/11/09


WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

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Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is 14 and dead. Killed in December of 1973, or so she tells us. You see, Susie is telling us about her life and death as she watches it unfold before her family. We learn that she was like another other young girl from a normal middle class family. She had a crush on older boy and imagined her very first kiss. She got along with her younger brother and sister, and she was, of course, a “Daddy’s Girl.” She was just a normal and sweet young lady. This fact makes it all the more difficult ot adjust to her death. Her family is hit hard but the suddenness and brutality of her killing. She, herself, is stuck in what is most likely purgatory, unable to rest until because of her violent death. She can not rest until her killer is brought to justice, a task the police haven’t been able to do and one that she may be incapable of helping with.

To start with, besides being a ghost, Susie was killed by the most unlikely of people – a man no one would ever suspect, her bookish neighbor, George Harvey (Stanley Tucci). His life goes on as if nothing happened, but The Salmon’s begin to unravel. Abigail (Rachel Weisz), Susie's mother, unable to cope with the death, packs up and leaves the family behind. Her father, Jack (Mark Wahlberg), becomes obsessed with the case, doing the leg work and pointing to often the wrong person. But it is her sister Lindsey (Rose McIver), who know that something’s not quite right with Harvey and was the years go on, she become more and more suspicious of him, but is she making herself the next victim, by bringing to much attention to herself?

The Dish

Days later and this movie is still haunting me. Now I have not read the book. I repeat, I have not read the book. So I don’t know if this was a faithful adaptation or not. But from what I understand the book was far more graphic and I’m not sure I want to see all of that. Saoirse Ronan adeptly captures that innocence of Susie and her wide-eyed trust of those around her. Stanely Tucci was downright creepy . He seemed to embodied the sinisterness of Harvey, I’d be surprised not see some nominations come his way during the awards season. I didn’t get much in the way of “Wow” from Rachel Weisz,, but given her characters actions, we weren’t supposed to.

Susan Sarandon impressed me with her characters transformation from a grandma who wore fur and pearls to one who wore jeans and oatmeal. Her transformation was almost startling But the big surprise for me was Mark Wahlberg. This isn’t the first time, but for some reason I just can’t get over the fact that this is Mark Wahlberg of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch fame Maybe it’s time I set my expectations a little higher for him. The chief complaint I have about the movie is at times it was very overindulgent. I’m told that the scenes of Susie’s heaven were right out of the book. Okay so be it, but I found them to be over the top and almost comical. I don’t think that was how a 13 year old girl imagines her heaven to be, I think it was what adults *think* a 13 year old girl thinks her heaven will be like. And the title is just dumb, by the way. Sorry.

The Directive

This is a really heavy movie, nothing like “Precious”, mind you, but I would not watch this on a day where you don't have a clear head.

3BC Ratings

yellow light

 

I had a few bones to pick with the story.


Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2009
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