Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Lovely Bones: Movie Review

I knew from the very second I saw the preview of this movie that I had to see it. It was one of those previews that really jumps right out and catches your interest right away.

An adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel, the story centers on Suzie Salmon, (like the fish) who is a teenage girl with the typical teenage girl problems. She loves to take pictures and has a super crush on a guy from school, who ends up asking her to meet.

Before she has a chance, Suzie is murdered by a neighbor, George Harvey. When she doesn’t show up at home, her parents of course become worried and call the police. While no body is ever found, a significant amount of blood is found, along with the hat Suzie’s mother made for her. Suzie’s father goes on complete meltdown mode, while her grieving mother accepts what has happened and tries to move on.

Meanwhile, Suzie does not go to Heaven, but instead, remains in limbo in a place called the ‘In-Between.’ It’s here where she’s able to keep an eye on her family and sort of communicate with her dad, who keeps hunting for her murderer. George Harvey seems to have slipped right under the radar, even after a close call with detectives where a bracelet Suzie was wearing is in plain sight of the cops.

The movie has some fabulous scenes that show this in-between place, but I found them to be a bit of a distraction and felt like there were too many of them, especially when I wanted to get back to the story and find out what happened. Still, the story was extremely interesting. It pulled me along, captivated, until the end.


Near the end, Suzie’s sister discovers the truth by sneaking into George Harvey’s house. In a close call, she manages to get out with a scrapbook the murderer has been keeping of all the girls he’s killed. Knowing he’s going to get caught, he takes the trunk with Suzie’s body to a sinkhole and pays to dump it. As he and the manager of the place are slowly making their way toward the hole with the trunk, you’re under the impression that a local ‘psychic’ girl is going to race in and stop them…to reveal the murderer for who he truly is.

Instead, her body is overtaken by Suzie, who takes the opportunity to get her kiss from the boy she was crushing on in school. Weird. Rather than being caught, the murderer dies in a freak accident involving an icicle while he’s trying to pick up another young girl. I wouldn’t say this was the best movie I’ve ever seen, but it was definitely entertaining. I’d recommend it and I’d give it a 7 out of a possible 10.

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