Directed By: Peter Jackson
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci

What It’s All About:
Based on the best selling novel of the same name, The Lovely Bones tells the story of Susie Salmon, a fourteen year old girl that is raped and murdered. Stuck in-between death and the afterlife, Susie watches as her family deals with her disappearance. Her father becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to his daughter, and Susie is stuck between wanting vengeance towards her killer and wanting her family to move on from their tragic loss.

The Verdict:
When watching The Lovely Bones you can’t help but be captivated by the story that unfolds on the screen, yet the constant mood swings between a light-hearted movie and a dark thriller offer enough juxtaposition to pull away from the immersion. There are some real stand out moments in this movie, yet the constant changes of tone and themes simply don’t mesh well with the source material. Stanley Tucci’s performance is outstanding, and Mark Wahlberg has his shining moments. The Lovely Bones is certainly worth a watch, yet it could have been so much more.

3/5

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