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The Lovely Bones (2009)

Director:
Peter Jackson
COUNTRY
USA/UK/New Zealand
GENRE
Drama/Fantasy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Alle mine kjre
RUNNING TIME
121 minutes
Producer:
Carolynne Cunningham
Peter Jackson
Aime Peyronnet
Fran Walsh
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Alice Sebold):
Fran Walsh
Philliba Boyens
Peter Jackson


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Abigail Salmon Rachel Weisz
Jack Salmon Mark Wahlberg
George Harvey Stanley Tucci
Susie Salmon Saoirse Ronan
Grandma Lynn Susan Sarandon
Brian Nelson Jake Abel

 

Review

Questionable is not a word strong enough to describe the moral and message the extremely pretentious The Lovely Bones delivers; it is downright preposterous - adhering to a transcendental religious thinking with a lack of criticism that reminds me of Sunday school doctrines. Exactly what the often great filmmaker Peter Jackson wans to do here, besides create a pompous, universal masterpiece, is hard to say. What is certain is that he tells us that we shouldn't fear death (or even being mutilated and murdered), because the ethereal existence which comes after is so much better and uplifting. And it doesn't matter that our family are left bereaved, as long as you know that you love them and can watch them from above. "Heaven" is presented in such a hallucinatory, wondrous and teletubbish manner that it's as if Jackson urges us to go there sooner rather than later. The overdone visuals take complete precedence and overshadow what might have been an interesting story about death and mourning, and in the process we're left deprived of logic and empathy. The beautiful Saoirse Ronan is defenseless against Jackson's hollow mockery and his insults on the earthly life. You have to be quite irrational or drugged up to enjoy this movie.

 

Copyright 21.3.2010 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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