TRAILER: 'The Lovely Bones'

Not your average film!

Want the good news first?

Surprisingly this film isn’t a horror! Yippee! It’s been classified as a Drama. Great news as the book was slightly difficult to read in places. Phew, so it’s watchable at least!

Bad news! It’s about a murder and is actually based on a true story.

For those who have read this book you will be familiar with the storyline. If not here’s a run down of what is happening, The story is based in 1973 a suburb of Philadelphia. It’s a quiet neighborhood in a time before photos of missing children started appearing. It was back when people believed things like that didn't happen, we hear it a lot from our grandparents “back in the day, we never locked our doors”.

Just before Christmas, 14 year old Susie Salmon takes a short cut home from school! Don’t do it Susie! Whilst she’s walking she bumps in a neighbor, George Harvey. He wants to show her the underground fort he has built as a clubhouse for the local kids. This is where we begin to shout at the screens! “Go back go back!” However it’s too late, Susie follows him. That’s the last we see of Susie alive.

The next time we meet her, she is in her own version of "heaven." This has been beautifully created, as the book doesn’t really illustrate this as such. Or my imagination just wasn’t working very well then! Peter Jackson has yet again used his imagination and created a bubbly, coulourful image of a 14 year olds view of what Heaven may look like, and produced something remarkable, this is what makes the film watchable! It separates the film from going down the horror route. He simply adds a splash of colour. Outstanding!

In the weeks following of her death, Susie watches her life on Earth continuing without her: her family holding onto any strings of hope that she’ll come home soon. Her killer, skillfully covering up his tracks, the police investigation coming to an end. Throughout she remains powerless to change anything on earth. May I interrupt here…The sad thing is about this film is that, it’s a real life situation. It is based on a true story.

It’s perfectly illustration for us an audience to get into the families minds, or of those who have lost loved ones or have dealt with a difficult situation with something similar. We begin to feel a percentage of their sadness and start to connect with the characters. It is a sad film, real, but a sore reminder of reality. However it depends how we want to look at it. We can use it as a way to be more aware of these tragic situations or we can go, sit down, stuff our faces, applaud the film and walk off. It’s real life stuff guys, so despite the slightly gloomy review this time, you should go see this.

Take tissues!


By Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson That would be the one who brought us The Lord of The Rings!

Based on the novel by Alice Sebold

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg

Release Date: 15th January 2010

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