The Lovely Bones

589-poster
release date January 15 2010
studio DreamWorks
director Peter Jackson
writer Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh & Phillipa Boyens
starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, Saoirse Ronan
site lovelybones.com
trailer 1 Trailer #1

Synopsis

Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, and directed by Oscar® winner Peter Jackson from a screenplay by Jackson & Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens, “The Lovely Bones” centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family – and her killer – from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Official Review

It’s rare that I dislike a novel that I read. For starters, I don’t read many (especially these days); I’m lucky to get through 6 books a year (which includes non-fiction stuff). So I don’t just read any old thing, I usually need to be sold on it. And since Alice Sebold’s “The Lovely Bones” was praised by everyone, I figured I would enjoy it when I picked it up in 2004. But alas, I was mostly bored by it. I liked the concept, and it did strike a nerve here and there, but it was ultimately overlong, somewhat unfocused (for a while the book was more about her sister’s burgeoning relationship than anything else, like someone stuck a “Sweet Valley High” book in the middle of my ghost novel), and ultimately anticlimactic; the final 50 pages or so reminded me of Bartledanian literature. But that Peter Jackson fella is a pretty gifted filmmaker, so I was pretty optimistic that The Lovely Bones would be a success on film. …Read More

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