My Thoughts on The Lovely Bones

With this film, Peter Jackson leaves behind the huge epics he was involved with during the last decade and does a film that is probably closer in tone to his 1994 film Heavenly Creatures.

The film is about a girl that continues watch her family (and her killer) and she is murdered.

The most common criticism I read about the film prior to watching the film was its portrayal of the the afterlife.  After seeing the film, I do have to agree that it was probably a little jarring seeing such a brightly coloured happy-go-lucky world (especially following the very tense and suspenseful first act).  However, I have a feeling that this contrast was intentional and as the film progressed, I didn’t really mind it.

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is pretty good in the lead role of Susie Salmon. She is definitely an up-and-coming actress and she shined in every role I seen her in (starting with a supporting role in the film Death Defining Acts, which I saw at the film festival a few years ago).  I also have to say that I thought Stanley Tucci was very chilling and disturbing in the role of the killer.

Overall, I thought this a decent film and it was a nice change of pace for Peter Jackson after all those three hour epics.


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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).