Thanks for checking out my review for The Lovely Bones starring Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz and Stanley Tucci. Now the basic premise follows Susie Salmon, like the fish, who is raped and murdered by her neighbor from across the street. Once dead she is caught in the “In Between” which is the middle between Earth and Heaven. There, she watches over her family and see how they are dealing with the situation, and she watches over her killer and seeing who his next victim may be.
I was looking forward to seeing The Lovely Bones once the trailers started coming out. I have never read the book, and I believe that no matter what how good the material is, a film should stand on its own. Once the reviews started coming out, I wasn’t so sure about what was gonna happen. But a lot of the reviews have been concerning the adaptation in comparison to the book. And because I didn’t read the book, I loved the movie.
On the good side, the cast were easily the best part of this movie. My two favorites in this movie were Stanley Tucci and Saoirse Ronan. Ronan is the soul of this film. She pushes it along and makes us care for her, cry for her, afraid for her. Stanley Tucci is incredible and is just creepy in this film. He makes you scared of him and just hate him. Mark Wahlberg is great as well as Rachel Weisz, which leads into my next praise for the film.
A lot of the emotion comes from the scenes where the characters are grieving the loss of Susie. When that happens, Mark Wahlberg is at his best, and Rachel Weisz is at her best.
A lot of the reviews have pointed out how the film is more about the visual effects than the story. I feel more that the visuals help tell the story. The scenes in the In Between are the best parts visually. It makes you feel like you’re in Susie’s head.
The film’s message about moving on after a terrible loss is used so well in the film. And this will affect some more than others depending on if you’ve been in that situation.
Having said all that, basically calling this movie a lovely film (no pun intended), it does have some things wrong with it. There were some times where the film felt a little bit too melodramatic. It was only about 2 or 3 times, but they were definitely noticeable.
Also, Susan Sarandon, while not bad, was the weakest role in the film. She’s basically supposed to be a bit of comic relief in the film, and sometimes it worked because you think, “Oh, that’s just how she would act in this situation, trying to bring the family back together.” And then there are times where it just feels a little too silly. It didn’t ruin the film, but it kinda went a little overboard in some bits.
The music they use doesn’t work. Not the score per se, but the scene where they use source music, and I get what they’re doing: They’re trying to bring us back to the seventies. But there are times where it just doesn’t work at all. Like the scene in the beginning where Susie is rushing her brother to the hospital; it’s supposed to be a serious scene, but the music is played like it’s meant to be “The Lovely Bones: Comedy Hour” and she’s trying not to get hit while the music is playing.
Fortunately, the good outweighs the bad and in the end, I loved The Lovely Bones. It was a beautifully made film, directed well, and while not Peter Jackson’s best film, it was still a wonderful movie. If you’re a fan of the book, maybe skip this one, but if you are like me and you didn’t read it, get it on DVD.
I give The Lovely Bones an 8.5/10.