Summary: Personally, I'm not a fan of this movie. Its ugly story and choppy style give it a nearly unwatchable feeling, couple that with Peter Jackson's tendency to over-direct and you have an end product that's a bloated melodramatic mess.
Excerpt: Stanley Tucci is unnerving, or at least he can be. As a child murderer in The Lovely Bones he creates one of the most uncomfortable movie watching experiences in recent memory. Here he sits in an underground room built in a cornfield with Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan), a young girl he has lured...
Conclusion: The Lovely Bones is a movie that's going to divide audiences. It ultimately has more going for it than not, particularly in Jackson's master craftsmanship and ability to manipulate his audience even through a premise that's not just assumed but bluntly stated early on in the movie.
Excerpt: Coca-Cola is having an interesting Oscar season. A can of the stuff makes a cameo in The Road , a serendipitous discovery that turns out to be the most powerful reminder of a better world the film has to offer; in The Lovely Bones , however, the two bottles of Coke shown chilling in a pedophile's...
Excerpt: The trick to The Lovely Bones , what made Alice Sebold's novel such a sneaky and elegant heartbreaker, is its matter-of-fact acceptance of its wild premise. It's all there in those two concise opening sentences: "My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie.
Excerpt: Everything about Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s bestselling book The Lovely Bones is worked out to an excruciating fault. The décor is precise for the early-1970s middle-America setting, with photo cubes, period knickknacks, and hideous wallpaper dominating the sets.
Conclusion: Like The Lord Of The Rings, The Lovely Bones does a fantastic job with revered, complex source material. As terrific on terra firma as it is audacious in its astral plane, it is doubtful we’ll see a more imaginative, courageous film in 2010.