The Lovely Bones
How do you take a story about the death of a 14 year old girl and turn it into something both beautiful and terrifying? Well, leave it to Peter Jackson to manage it! And, he does exactly that with The Lovely Bones.
Susie Salmon is a normal 14 year old girl in 1974, a time that now seems simpler. She's the apple of her father's eye, she's a bit boy crazy and she's constantly dreaming of her first kiss. Well, all of that comes to a shocking end one evening when Susie's on her way home. She crosses paths with a neighbor, George Harvey, who lures Susie into an underground 'hideout' where he kills her. Now, this is ordinarily where a character leaves the film, but not this time, Susie is stuck in the 'in between', not quite heaven and not quite earth, where she watches over her family, moving between wanting them to move on and wanting revenge on her killer.
The Lovely Bones isn't quite a horror film and it's not quite a drama, it's something 'in between' too. Saoirse Ronan is amazing as Susie, beginning the movie as a girl and ending it as something more spiritual and deep. Mark Wahlberg also turns in an amazing performance as Jack Salmon, a father torn apart by the death of a child, and the bond that Susie and Jack share...even after her death...is something only a few actors could have pulled off, and Wahlberg does it remarkably. Then, there's Stanley Tucci as George Harvey. Tucci has never been creepier or darker, and when Harvey finally gets what's coming to him, it may be the best vengeance EVER!
I'm giving The Lovely Bones 4 out of 4 cigars, Jackson manages to flex his horror chops and still get in all the fantasy elements he's become famous for, for my money, this is the best Peter Jackson movie in years...and yes, I'm including those Lord Of The Rings movies, they can't hold a candle to this! If you really enjoy movies, then don't miss The Lovely Bones, it's a movie that'll get under your skin and stay there.