The Lovely Bones
Interesting drama about a young girl who watches from heaven as her family attempts to find out her murderer. Feelings of loss and mourning is the theme explored here. However, Peter Jackson’s surprisingly restrained adaptation of Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel works best as a “Will they or wont they catch her killer?”. Gorgeously crafted fantasy sequences (those massive ships within glass bottles is a stunner) is a style device also used in his earlier film Heavenly Creatures. Unfortunately, the film suffers from some basic storytelling issues. Several plot threads, as well as the ending, are unsatisfactorily resolved during the film‘s final 20 minutes. At any rate, an intriguing film for the most part. Actress Saoirse Ronan gives a mature, understated performances as the main character.