Saturday, January 16, 2010

What I Thought of LOVELY BONES

We went to see LOVELY BONES Friday.

Normally when we go to a matinee we are the only ones in the theater. Friday there were at least 10, maybe 12 people there. You ever feel people invading your privacy?

Anna and both read the book LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold, as a matter of fact, Anna read it twice, the second time very recently, sort of like a refresher course.

The story is basically about a young 14 year girl who was killed by a neighbor. And as a spirit watching her family go to pieces, then go their separate ways, and the same time watching the evil neighbor and her own turmoil in her hereafter life struggling with reality and spiritual. Some of the scenes things were very psychedelic. When I mentioned that to Anna she said the time the movie took place was in the mid 70s. Guess what else was in the mid 70s: psychedelic surrealistic art.

Innocence snuffed, all for the greed of one sick individual.

I was glad to see, or in this case not to see, the Greek ancient theater style of showing someone getting killed in a production: Not! The death is implied, but not shown.

The movie was directed by Peter Jackson. Saoirse Ronan plays Susie Salmon, the girl who was killed. Stanley Tucci played George Harvey, the killer. All, it a good combo of acting skills.

The neighbor was a serial killer, who left a trail of bodies over a period of years. He was no kind man. But, like everyone, he also had his positive points, he was a good engineer…. He knew how to build good traps.

I also think the movie had two powerful messages to deliver to two different types:
(1) Perverts – You self-centered asshole! Don’t you see all the havoc you are causing to people and they will have to carry your burden the rest of their lives , fool!
(2) Kids – Do not talk to strangers.

It was a pretty good movie.



Blogger kenju said...

Thanks for the review, Eddie. I read the book several years ago, and I wondered how the subject matter would be covered in the movie. Maybe I'll so see it after all.

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