Movie Review: “The Lovely Bones”

December 22, 2009

The Lovely Bones Review by Julia Teen

There is something about some movies where you just know after five minutes that what you are watching is going to stick with you for a long time.

Of course, a film by Peter Jackson is hardly going to not make an impression of you, but even after watching the opening scene of The Lovely Bones there was solid indication that this film was going to leave it’s mark.

Adapted by Jackson from the 2002 novel by Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones tells the story of a teenage girl, Suzy Salmon played by gorgeous Saoirse Roman, who was murdered by Mr Harvey who lives in her street and continues to watch over her family as they try to rebuild their lives.

The amazing cast in this film, and how they all seem to play completely different characters to their usual movies is what makes this film so amazing. Along with Roman who previously appeared on the scene in 2007’s Atonement, The Lovely Bones features Mark Wahlberg with a wonderful performance Suzy’s father, Rachel Weisz as Suzy’s Mother, Susan Sarandon as the vivacious and eccentric Grandma Lynn and Stanley Tucci as the mentally unstable and very creepy Mr Harvey.

What I loved most about this movie was that I experienced so many different emotions throughout the duration of the film. Of course, extreme sadness as a constant throughout, it’s a heartbreaking story of parents losing their child, but also intermittently well placed moments of humor with Susan Sarandon’s character and her habitual drinking and smoking, even whilst she slept. On top of this, the sequences with Suzy in the ‘in between’ left you in awe of the effects and also the imagination of the story.

Read our interview with Peter Jackson, Saoirse Roman and Susan Sarandon here.

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