Lovely Bones

     The film “Lovely Bones” is a drama/thriller based on the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, and is directed by the Oscar winning director Peter Jackson.  The film follows the thoughts of a girl Suzie Salmon(Saoirse Ronan) after her murder. In it she shares about her life and those affected by her death with the main focus mainly on her parents Jack (Mark Wahlberg) and Abigail (Rachel Weisz).

Suzie Salmon is like any normal 14 year old teen. She has a growing interest in boys and is looking forward to her first kiss. but her dreams are shattered when she is brutally murdered. She seems then is stuck in a place between Earth and Heaven where she has some contact with those still alive. Meanwhile her father, Jack Salmon, has focused all his attention to solving the murder of his daughter. His obsession begins to put a strain on his family relationships and his mother-in-law moves in with the family.

Mark Wahlberg gives a great performance and a deep sense of despair can be felt as he portrays a father who loses his daughter.  Likewise you can feel an equal yet opposite amount of revolting and twisted enjoyment of the murder from Stanley Tucci and he portrays the killer of Suzie Salmon. other performances are well and help to bring the story to life.

Peter Jackson does a Great job in sharing his view of Alice Sebolds book. Images, thoughts, feelings and ties between characters are shown clearly throughout almost the whole film yet many questions and  happenings go unanswered thus making it seem incomplete in some ways.

Lovely Bones is a an overall good film. the fact that you can sense what the characters are sensing works great in bringing this film to the audience. Yet for reasons unknown you feel like you are missing something after watching it. In the end I give it a 3.5/5

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