Excerpt: "From Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson comes the extraordinary story about one girl's life, and everything that came after. When 14-year-old Susie Salmon was murdered, she left her unfinished life behind. But now from her place in a strange but beautiful in-between world, she must help her father catch her killer and protect her family before she can finally move on.
Excerpt: It takes a really talented director to make a film about the afterlife, even when working off the bones of another work. It's all too easy to fall into easy spiritualism and empty, banal rhetoric. Or worse, to give way to every fantastic set piece he ever dreamed up in one big, overdone mess.
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 underground "clubhouse" are a young heroine's first clue that the world is a worse place than she could have ever imagined.
Conclusion: 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. It's a good thing that the video presentation is demo-worthy and the audio presentation is very well put together.
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 inside. Like any curious child, she falls for his calm demeanor, and the audience already knows where the scene is going.
Excerpt: When 14-year-old Susie Salmon was murdered, she left her unfinished life behind. But now from her place in a strange but beautiful in-between world, she must help her father catch her killer and protect her family before she can finally move on.
Excerpt: The Movie Peter Jackson deftly combines fantasy with harsh reality in his much-anticipated adaptation of The Lovely Bones , based upon Alice Sebold's book. It's 1973 and Susie Salmon (a radiant Saoirse Ronan) is a better-than-average teenager innocently dreaming of her first kiss when she is lured to her doom by predatory neighbor George Harvey (Stanley Tucci, Oscar-nominated for his performance here).
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. The picture wanders a bit after a strong first half and delves into an odd combination of hunt-and-chase on Earth while also fixating on a "purgatory"-like afterlife that seems like something...
Excerpt: Directed by Peter Jackson (yes THAT Peter Jackson) and starring Mark Wahlberg and Susan Serandon, The Lovely Bones is the story of 14-year-old Susie Salmon’s (Saoirse Ronan) murder in 1973. Happy, right? Well, she is murdered by her creepy florist neighbor George Harvey (Stanley Tucci) and upon her death is spirited away to this lush purgatory from which she can view the life of her family but can have no physical contact.