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The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones
  • 2009
  • UK/US/New Zealand
  • 135 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Written by: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, Saoirse Ronan
  • Website: www.lovelybones.com

The problems with Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's popular novel run much deeper than the usual stumbling block of having a macabre subject matter. The casting is seriously misjudged, and, shirking away from the darkest elements of the novel, the tone and the aesthetic are completely wrong - where in the book, Susie (Ronan) resides in a 14-year-old's idea of heaven, Jackson seems to have designed the movie equivalent in a Salvador Dali museum.

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The Lovely Bones

17 Feb 20103 stars

(12A) 135min The problems with Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s popular novel run much deeper than the usual stumbling block of having a macabre subject matter. The casting of Mark Wahlberg as the grieving dad is seriously misjudged…

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