"I was alive in my own perfect world." 'The Lovely Bones' In-Depth
23 January 2013
Excerpt: Peter Jackson has to be one of the most prodigious film-directors today but it’s his dynamic list of movies on his versatile resume that makes his story to success so enthralling. In his early career, he made low budget, all-out gory horror flicks like ‘Dead Alive’ and creepy ghost-mystery movies like ‘The Frighteners’.
The Mixed Messege Screams Kill Them All And Let God Decide
Theo Robertson, IMDb
16 November 2012
Summary: This was a highly anticipated film on its release . Based upon the cult novel by Alice Sebold and directed by Peter Jackson it opened to very Luke warm reviews by the critics . Normally I don't care what critics say but since I was very short of money I decided to save myself the price of a cinema ticket and catch it for free.
Excerpt: A poor version of What Dreams May Come and Here After. Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) narrates her story. Her parents Jack (Mark Wahlberg) and Abigail (Rachel Weisz) get worried since Susie has been missing for 4 hours. Some minor qualms this reviewer noticed were the lack of an impacting role of Lynn (Susan Sarandon), length, its lackluster conclusion, coy love angle and pacing. The score, performances especially from Stanley Tucci and special effects were fabulous.
Excerpt: "The Lovely Bones" is not for everyone to digest easily. It fixates on the most heart-wrenching situation that can happen to a family, namely child abduction and murder. The film's story is told through the narration of fourteen year-old suburban teenager Susie Salmon (Saoirse Rona) who is lured and murdered by her pedophile neighbor George Harvey (Stanley Tucci) on the 06 December 1973, in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Excerpt: A 14 year old girl is murdered by a serial killer and watches from a fantasy land of her own creation as her family seek the truth as to what happened to her and come to terms with their loss. Released to a veritable mixed bag of love and loathing, Peter Jackson's adaptation of what was essentially a "kid's book" is a combination of family drama, serial killer thriller and ghost story that actually works really well.
Summary: A very unconventional movie that crosses many genres (murder/suspense/thriller/drama/fantasy), defies normal expectations and is an intense emotional experience. Right from the outset you are informed of when the lead character will be murdered and who her killer is but you are still kept on the edge of your seat and surprised by later revelations. The story dovetails between reality (before and after the murder) and a surreal afterlife realm in between Heaven and Earth.
Summary: A weirdly emotionally dissonant film that goes dark places without heart or purpose. Stanley Tucci turns in a masterfully despicable performance as a child murderer, but everyone else in the cast sleepwalks through their roles. The film tries to make something wonderful out of a distasteful event and it doesn't work at all.
Summary: This movie shouldn't be my cup of tea. I'm pretty cynical and my favourite film genres are sci-fi and horror in that order. However, this film blew me away. I don't understand all of the negative reviews concentrating on the CGI. It's supposed to be depicting an other-worldly realm between earth and heaven - what do you expect / want to see if you go to Heaven, grim city streets with alleys full of garbage and low-lifes?
Summary: -The following will not reveal any spoilers above those presented in any trailer- It is rather sad, to see how people are grabbing on to many of the former reviews and are continually bashing on the CGI use in this, in my opinion, hauntingly beautiful movie. If one would actually watch this movie without reading any reviews at all, without having an opinion about a movie they are about to watch before even having seen it for themselves and just take it for what is...