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It's stuffed full of Peter Jackson's typically dazzling imagery, but The Lovely Bones suffers from abrupt shifts between horrific violence and cloying sentimentality.
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Instead of a compelling nightmare, he has created a bland, girly-sparkly dream.
Jackson seems more at home in the afterlife than in this one, rendering this off-kilter project creepy and pretentious.
Alice Sebold's evocative best seller proves to be more unfilmable than Tolkien's sprawling fantasy trilogy - a disappointment, yet it's impossible for anyone to do it better
Some books should stay between their covers, and The Lovely Bones may well be one of them.
Understand, the film still has power, just not as much as it should.
The movie is often wise.
Director Peter Jackson's brilliant ability to bring fantasy to film may have been his Achilles heel here, as he dwells with signature fondness on Susie's journey to heaven. I will say, however, that the acting is spectacular.
The desire for showmanship gets in the way of characterization and plot.
Stick with this devastating, yet curiously uplifting drama as best you can, for the emotional pay-off cannot be denied.
Most will hopefully see that in this very creative, authoritative film Peter Jackson preserves the characters, the theme, the dread, the delight found in the novel - and has added just enough of his own.
It's an interesting way to tell a heartbreaking story a young girl whose life was taken away too soon, and whose family fights to pull the pieces together after their loss.
This movie has about seven different tones it hops around, and it does so at all the wrong times.
It pains me to see this huge mistake made by Peter Jackson, a ridiculous blend of contrived thriller, unconvincing drama and pathetic afterlife fantasy full of self-indulgent CGI effects - and even worse is the despicable way that it wants us to accept the murder of a 14-year-old girl as part of life.
The Lovely Bones it's a dazzling and beautiful way to see another side of a murder. The boring and exhausting screenplay, with a cliche teen romance, a strange girl (this character is almost always in a teen movie) and the running time, just get worse Peter Jackson's sentimentalist movie. The strong tension and violence with the appellative dramatic scenes doesn't have a good chemistry in the script. Almost everything don't make The Lovely Bones a, at least, nice film to watch, the only great and sincere thing in whole picture is the outstanding performance by Stanley Tucci, a very good actor that just now is recognized by the Academy. Rotten.
Although this isn't really a horror for me still it's classified under horror. I can understand that some people will find it gruesome due the subject but I must say that it had no drip of red stuff in it. Not that that is important, just look at Texas Chainsaw or Halloween, they were bloodless too. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this creepy flick. It reminded me a lot of The Loved Ones somehow, it must be the use of slow motion and the score. On the other hand it also reminded me of Heavenly Creatures by the way they used the dream sequences. It's a special flick coming from the hand of Peter Jackson. Knowing him for splatter and gore in his earlier days this could be a let down for some but I really liked it the way it was shot and the use of CGI didn't bother me at all. Not for everyone but if you can stand weird flicks than this won't be a problem for you. 3 1/2 Stars 4-6-13
So I had a review here about this movie but Flixster decided not to save it. Basically it was good but some of it was boring and out of place, it could have been so much better.
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