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The Lovely Bones
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Apr 27, 2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Peter Jackson

Actors:
Mark Wahlberg
Rachel Weisz
Susan Sarandon

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A child killer stalks and murders a fourteen year old girl from a quiet neighbourhood, and while her family struggles through their grief, her spirit remains on Earth determined to help them bring the killer to justice.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I didnt read the novel from which THE LOVELY BONES is based upon, but I heard lots of good things. Now on that note, many of those who saw the film and read the book were very critical when it came to the reviews. Personally I found this flick enjoyable, gripping and a visual feast for the eyes. Peter Jackson has matured as a director and its very obvious here (this is a far cry from his earlier low budget horror work and clearly shows me that he wasnt a one hit wonder with the LOTR trilogy). I wasnt sure if this would be my kind of party but was pleasantly surprised by the buzz.

The best part about this movie is the multitude of things going on, I mean the stage is set with a murder plot but thats only the icing on the cake as we quickly delve into the vastly debatable theory behind the afterlife. The good thing there is that this film doesnt get overly preachy with the gospel of things and though it does take a page from WHAT DREAMS MAY COME on some levels, it leaves out Hell completely and embraces merely the idea of heaven. Using these tools in any film is a gamble but I have to say (being someone who loves rolling the dice with those types of films) I was impressed by the way it was handled and happy that it didnt use another in your face level of tactics.

Now back to the feast for the eyes end of things; this movie looks fantastic and shines like a supernova on Blu-ray. Jacksons vision of the afterlife is bold, yet simple. He never goes overboard into a supernatural or evil realm instead he focuses upon simple acts of beauty in nature, shadowed imagery for tension build up and gorgeous colors and landscapes for the happy times that blew me away. Again, this has been done before, but there was a slight of hand present here that felt new and exciting. The watery fields, the birds and tree and especially the scene where the light caught the murderers glasses and gave off the image of horns were my personal favourites and were just plain well done.

THE LOVELY BONES was a very engrossing film that took me on a journey rather than just having me turn off my brain for two hours. There are many underlining concepts here, but the great thing about that is that theyre all relatively debatable and will be interpreted differently depending on the viewer. As far as not being totally true to the novel as people are boasting, well, when are movies totally faithful, trust me people it rarely happens so get used to it. Stanley Tucci was a great villain, Wahlburg was so, so but the real applause go to Suzan Sarandon (shes still got it) and Saoirse Ronan for stealing the show. I was worried about the ending for awhile there but it packed a nice punch (a sly wink at fate/what goes around) and left me smiling.
THE EXTRAS
This 2 Disc set has the feature on one disc and a three hour behind the scenes featurette on the other with a special one minute introduction by Peter Jackson. There are also a couple trailers ahead of the feature film.

Filming The Lovely Bones: Peter Jackson and the rest of the team wanted to give us something a little different than your standard making-of segment and instead chooses to show us how everything came together for them (out of sequence) as opposed to seeing it from beginning to end. Peter Jacksons a great host and this feature actually runs an hour longer than the two hour film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Like most novel to film transitions, you have to take the good with the bad. That said, Peter Jackson has created a magical tale that needs to be seen to be believed. The subtext might not be the happiest (nobody likes seeing children murdered), but this film is well worth the viewing and visually mesmerizing on Blu-ray.
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