Are the Lovely Bones Lovely?

Cute kid, to bad she is dead.

Hello Babblers!  I am finally back from my expedition to Africa and let’s just say the Malawian cinema is in desperate need of international support. That being said, let’s talk.

A few weeks ago I made the mistake of watching Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones. Yes I said mistake. Despite having a great cast in Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg and the venerable Susan Serandon this movie failed to deliver.

Maybe my expectations of it where wrong, or maybe it just isn’t that good. It was billed as a psychological thriller and drama and while the drama is there, to quote B.B. King, “the thrill is gone.” I thought it was about a guy who kidnaps and murders young girls. It is actually about a young girl who is kidnapped and murdered and spends the rest of her time trying to communicate with her family and watching them heal while she is in some weird limbo between heaven and earth.

There are a few intense scenes near the end, as her sister begins to suspect who is behind her sister’s disappearance, but for the most part there is little suspense. What there is however, is a slow, plodding and deliberate plot that seems to go on and on. Seriously, this movie is cinematic molasses and you wonder how long it will take to go somewhere, anywhere, please.

I will say the one mildly stimulating, but hardly redeeming parts are some the scenes in the pre-heaven limbo. Peter Jackson does a good job creating some very vivid and visually stimulating scenes that play upon her muted interaction with the real world but even these themes are slow and not enough to save the movie.

Mixed in with the girl’s death are the themes for her desire for revenge, her love for her family, and her reluctance to move on in the afterlife until she has experienced “true” romance. Something she was on the verge of having until she was murdered.

But none of this is really engaging or compelling. You never really develop much empathy for the girl and I kept thinking to myself, “you’re dead hun, time to move on,” but she never does.

On top of all that there is some weird subplot of a girl named Ruth Connors, who has some 6th sense into the spirit world but we never know why or how and she is never really developed as a character.

In the end, call it the boring bones cause it ain’t that lovely. I give it 1 Babble.


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