Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Lovely Bones

Brooke anticipated this film because she read the original novel last year. I anticipated it because its director, Peter Jackson, also directed The Lord of the Rings and King Kong, which are visually and emotionally remarkable. The Lovely Bones tells the story of a girl who is abducted, murdered, and then attempts--from a sort of comfortable purgatory--to help her still-living friends and relatives catch her killer.

The visual elements are there, to say the least. The world that the protagonist inhabits after death is beautiful and full of unexpected treats for the eyes. It's downright psychadelic at times, in keeping with the story's 1970s setting. What's missing is the emotional connection between us, the audience, and the characters on the screen. It's a sad, sad tale, make no mistake. But it's told in such a way that we never feel as disgusted as we think we should feel, cosidering the content.

Stanley Tucci is very chilling as the sick killer (a very different role than the rock-solid comforting husband he played in Julie and Julia, another great performnce). Susan Sarandon shows up as a drunk, awkward grandmother.

Brooke: B-
Grant: C+

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