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Monday, February 22, 2010

The Lovely Bones (Directed by Peter Jackson)

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Reece Ritchie, Rose McIver, Nikki SooHoo.
Watched: Feb 21st.

He said:

Having just finished reading the Novel by Alice Sebold this Film was based on a mere three days prior to seeing the film the story of the novel was very fresh in my mind. As Helen mentions below there are some differences between the two but the feel and heart of the story remains.
Peter Jackson rarely disappoints as a director with films such as Lord of the Rings and the recent re-imagining of King Kong as well as one of his first forays as a director The Frighteners (starring fan favorite Michael J Fox) This film is no exception it is beautiful and poignant and true to the source material which as far as I am concerned is of major importance.
I truly loved the novel and enjoyed the film. With out hesitation I would recommend this film to friends and family, I give it {{{4.5 out of 5}}}

She said:

When I read the book that the film is adapted from a few years ago I was blown away by the poignancy and originality of the novel. The film matched the standard set by the book but in its own way. There were differences from the book, some bigger that others, but overall I was happy with how Jackson, Boyens and Walsh wrote the screenplay.

If you recognised those three surnames then you will probably know Andrew Lesnie as well. If not they are the people behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Lesnie being the incredible director of photography. If there is one thing that stood out in this film it was the beautiful way the film was shot. The special effects which depicted 'the in-between' were stunning and symbolic (provided by WETA Digital also of Lord of the Rings fame), and this was matched in the subtle cinematography in the 'living world'.

In addition to an accomplished crew the actors were very good and have got some very worthy nominations this awards season. The stand out performances were from Saoirse Ronan and Stanley Tucci - the girl and her murderer. They managed to portray their split roles very effectively: Ronan has to act her chatracter not just alive and dead but also tortured and distressed at not being able to reach her family against her need to move on. Tucci of course played friendly neighbour and rapist/murderer with a haunting accuracy.

A brilliant book, a great film. I give it <<<4.5 out of 5>>>

They said:

This film is a different take on the idea of murder and death. It is not an actioned packed mystery. It is about how lives are affected by a trauma - how they come to terms and move past it, including the victim herself. We give it <<<9 out of 10>>>

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you both feel that the film has done the book justice. Both my daughters have read and loved the books and it would have been awful if the film disappointed. I look forward to seeing it.