The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

DVD - 2010
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When 14-year-old Susie Salmon was murdered, she left her unfinished life behind. Now from her place in a strange but beautiful in-between world, she must help her father catch her killer and protect her family before she can finally move on.

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JEM_LPL
Jul 15, 2016

First thing, let me be clear that the book and the movie are two very different animals. The book was a sometimes profound, sometimes mawkish view on healing after grief, while the movie is a half crime thriller, and half dream fantasy akin to "Ghost", "Pan's Labyrinth" and "What Dreams May Come". The movie was produced by Stephen Speilberg and directed by Peter Jackson (before his "Hobbit" fame). The visuals are stunningly beautiful, the acting is top rate, (even Susan Sarandon as the comic relief 35 year old "granny") and the plot is both harrowing and heartbreaking at the same time. One of my favorite parts is when the harmless next door neighbor (yeah, right) shows heroine Susie his underground hideout; the candle flames flicker through the dead cornstalks on the ground like an invitation to Hell. One of my few objections is Reese Ritchie, Susie's crush, who doesn't seem to age a day between junior high and his mid twenties. Other than that, the movie improves on the book on many levels; Ruth is a lonely, sensitive soul, not a full time ghostbuster. Susie's ghostly encounter with her first and last crush is far more innocent and age appropriate. Susie and her family achieve the closure that was denied them in the book. Don't worry, nervous moms and dads; the book's graphic rape/murder are only alluded to in the most mysterious way in the movie, so if your teen daughter wants this one for her next sleepover, feel free to rent it for her; heck, pick up a bag of popcorn and tell her yes, people really did wear yellow bell bottoms in the dark ages of the 1970s.

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booksmile
Jul 20, 2015

Unsatisfying overall, although it had some pretty visuals.

susanjbrittain Jan 20, 2015

My sis liked this a lot.

EmilyBoban Dec 25, 2014

Ummm, the book is better.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Narrating from the great beyond, angelic 14-year old Susie Salmon describes how she was brutally murdered on December 6th, 1973, by her neighbour Mr. Harvey, a violent pedophile with a taste for little girls. Unwilling to let go of her earthly attachments Susie finds herself stuck in a benign limbo while she makes one desperate attempt after another to connect with her grieving father and exact revenge on her killer. But, as she gradually discovers, anger can be a double-edged sword and karma has a way of working things out on its own. Peter Jackson’s dark fairy tale evokes a keen sense of déjà vu for those of us old enough to remember day-glo pantsuits and floral wallpaper while his gloriously visual CGI-riddled visions of the afterlife are drawn directly from the innocent daydreams of a naïve teenage girl. But unlike the syrupy tripe of What Dreams May Come, Jackson keeps things grounded with an intelligent script and a cast of believable characters. In the role of Susie, Saoirse Ronan gives a complex performance as a teenager mourning all the adult delights she will never know; her shock of red hair and pale features underscoring a formidable young talent. Stanley Tucci’s turn as Mr. Harvey, on the other hand, is a chilling blend of bewildered man-child and ice cold predator; the very embodiment of every parents’ nightmare. But even though Susan Sarandon’s role as Susie’s drinking, smoking, Bohemian grandmother provides a few welcome laughs it seems slightly out of place given the film’s overall tone. Poignant and lyrical, with just a wee touch of schmaltz (Spielberg is listed as an executive producer after all), this proved to be one unexpected pleasure.

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pucksucker69
Nov 18, 2014

This is one of those movies that is so visually stunning you can't help but watch a million times. The in between world was done perfectly. I honestly thought it was better than the book (i found the book to be a tad bland)

AladarNyc Aug 24, 2014

Haunting and full of suspense. Though the subject is sad and to be taken seriously, some of the "in-between" world settings were well done, and uplifting. An intense and moving surprise.

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IV27HUjg
Aug 23, 2014

I saw this several years after it was out & recently again (have not read the book) and was absolutely chilled/thrilled with the story line. Stanley Tucci sp? was so scary good! Who knows what happens when we leave this earth, but I certainly prefer this version.

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SusannahElf
Dec 23, 2013

This movie does not do the book justice and should be avoided by its fans. One huge casting mistake was in having Susie look so young, maybe 10 or 11, and her crush look like a college student. This leads to a very creepy scene at the end of the movie, meant to be sweet and tender but coming across more as a pedophile's fantasy. Yuck..

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ceemarie
Aug 26, 2013

Gorgeously shot, amazing performances, and emotionally wrenching.

For jerryview123, maybe stop watching so many crime shows/movies where the killer is always caught and brought to justice (or perhaps just keep watching them if you prefer.) There IS resolution for all of the characters in The Lovely Bones.

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Sexual Content: They have... you know...it.

Coarse Language: Cursing

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Motab
Jan 30, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Motab
Jan 30, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Motab
Jan 30, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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mbazal
Dec 29, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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mbazal
Dec 29, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 27, 2010

Violence: Some scenes may be disturbing for young children.

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Aug 08, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Motab
Jan 30, 2011

Motab thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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RoMoon
Jan 03, 2011

RoMoon thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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mbazal
Dec 29, 2010

mbazal thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 27, 2010

Teyfor8Wyoma thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Holly: You're not supposed to look back, you're supposed to keep going.

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Susie Salmon: There was one thing my murderer didn't understand; he didn't understand how much a father could love his child.

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Susie Salmon: I was slipping away, that's what it felt like, life was leaving me, but I wasn't afraid; then I remembered: "There was something I was meant to do; somewhere I was meant to be."

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mbazal
Dec 29, 2010

"There was one thing my murderer didn't understand; he didn't understand how much a father could love his child."

"My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. I took his photo once; he stepped out of nowhere and ruined the shot. He ruined a lot of things."

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Susie Salmon lead a average life. She had a crush, a family that loved her, and a hobby that could soon be a career. Everything changed one day at the corn field...

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

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.

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mbazal
Dec 29, 2010

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.

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