Lovely Bones Movie Reviews
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This movie is PHENOMENAL. First of all, this is a very good movie but also a very powerful and moving one. I left the theatre in a deep state of catharsis, which is saying a lot because a feeling THAT deep is not one commonly garnered from a movie. I would say this movie leaves you with a moved, penetrated feeling like The Hours, but also leaves you with a sense poetic justice was served and it reassures people that have lost loved ones that they are in a better place. It also shows how rage and acceptance truly play in a role in the grief process and much more..
I say exactly what I feel in my reviews, so you can trust I'm not sugar coating anything.
First of all, most obviously this movie has fantastic visual effects that are beautiful and captivating. The imagery very well depicts Heaven and a perfect world. Some of the scenes were so astounding you wish you could stop the movie and just examine them for a few minutes. It is obvious they were carefully drawn and molded to a point of great satisfaction.
The acting is very good as well, and there were no times when I was rolling my eyes at over acting or phony-baloney dialog. Not only was the lead actress moving in her performance, but the characterization of her was done so well that you actually felt like you were getting to know an actual person, and also lose an actual person, a friend. I like how the dialog and actions of the characters portray the grief process and the aftermath of a death; my family has lost many so we are well aware of how the process plays out.
This movie is definately worth seeing a couple times, and even owning. Words can't even describe it entirely.. All I know is that I left the theatre feeling like I had either rode Space Mountain so many times I was numb, or that my mind had been altered.. for the rest of the day I felt cathartic and moved, which is good but also bad, as crying was involved; this says a lot for how powerful a movie it is. See it to not only witness great visuals, acting, and storyline, but also to be truly moved. You won't leave feeling the same nor thinking the same.
Awesome movie...held my attention throughout....couldnt even get up to go to the restroom was so enthralled ...afraid i would miss something! excellent cast....and with steven spielberg as executive producer behind all this what did i expect! i will see it again!Very realistic storyline...no fairy tale ending! should be up fpr best picture of the year!
Truly one of the great movies ive seen in a long time. everything is so well done...The space between life and death is so perfectly shown.the scenery is spectacular. the acting magnificent.
The movie grabs you and doesnt let you go.I recommend this film to all who see life as in a mystical vision.
I had high hopes for THE LOVELY BONES. Peter Jackson, best known for the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, directed one of my favorite films: HEAVENLY CREATURES. That film told the story of two girls in 1950s New Zealand. Their friendship begins innocently enough, and they find they have a love of fantasy and storytelling in common. Soon, they're relationship becomes more intense, and leads to murder. This movie, with its mix of grim reality and exaggerated fantasy, could have been a horrible mess, but somehow, Jackson was able to mesh the two. The fantasy allowed us to get deeper into the minds of these two girls, and made their actions more relatable.
I was hoping Jackson could do the same with Alice Sebold's seemingly unfilmable novel. THE LOVELY BONES reminded me a lot of his earlier film, with its mix of fantasy elements and serious drama. This time, however, Jackson doesn't know what to do with it. The tone of this film is all over the place: it jumps from comedy to suspense to melodrama in scene after scene. That would be fine if the movie was going someplace, but it isn't. We know our main character Susie is dead. We know it was the creepy neighbor that did it. So I guess the drama is, will Susie's grieving father solve the mystery of her death? To be honest, I just didn't care, because the film's greatest crime is one that has befallen many a translation from a novel: it simplifies what made the novel such a success. With the time and space in a novel, we could have gotten to know Susie and her family. But this is a movie, and we just don't have the time to do that. You've only got an two hours and fifteen minutes to tell a story that's way too big for two hours and fifteen minutes. So you've got to cut stuff out, and in the end, this is the film's biggest crime: I could tell watching it that the stuff that was left out was a million times more interesting than the stuff that was left in, and it made me yearn for reading. That's right, watching a movie made me wish I was reading.
this movie was a real shocker to me, I had no idea it would be as good as it was. From the beginning to the end it kept your intrest-I noticed a picture in her locker--finally remembered the boy was from the Partridge family-took me a while but I remembered.It is amazing how someone can kill that many young girls and never get caught.