The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson, 2009)

The Lovely Bones is just one of those films that you either cry throughout at or don’t show any emotion because you clearly have no soul. The film takes you on an emotional roller-coaster as Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) gets a front row seat to her family and her murderer after she is brutally killed at the age of 14.  We get to see how her family cope with the loss of a child, what it’s like on the way to haven and what a child murderer gets up to in his spear time.


Throughout we have a running commentary from Susie Salmon who simply refuses to move on, she is still in love with a boy and refuses to leave her farther. Jack Salmon (Mark Wahlberg) does what all great fathers’ do and simply refuses to stop looking. They technically never found the body, thanks to the police not actually looking in the safe in the basement of the killer. Therefore, he spends every waking moment in an attempt to find her and get a bit of revenge. But to see this from Susie’s point of view is just painful to watch. Can you imagine watching your family trying to get over you if you were murdered? As a girl at university who gets extremely home sick, the thought of seeing my family like that is truly upsetting.

“These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections-sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent-that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events that my death wrought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous body had been my life.”
Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

On the way to Haven she is able to explore the space between with a few of the murderers George Harvey (Stanley Tucci) other victims. Not the kind of club you really want to be a part of. However, she tries to move on, forcing her to see snippets from the real wold and the beautiful afterlife. If that’s what purgatory looks like, I’m sure Haven is incredible.  The art department sure needs to win a few awards for these incredible landscapes.


Despite everything looking incredible, you constantly feel slightly on edge and for anyone who has seen the film, you will understand. When her little sister goes into the killers’ house to find some evidence your heart is beating far too loud! The pace is set incredibly well and the fantastic directing style and film techniques used throughout really create tension and just pure emotion. The quick cuts and colour pallets put you in the between and clearly outlines the difference between life and death. The use of sound just tells you what you should be feeling and you unintentially listen. If the music is happy, you get happy tears or if is scary, you are just uneasy.  This and ‘The Impossible’ (J.A. Bayona, 2012) are the only two film I have happy cried at so they defiantly deserve a few medals!


The acting from Stanley Tucci is fantastic, considering he looks like a serial killer in the film. No one seems to think it’s him… for a while at least. He can play creepy and manipulating so well. It must take a bit of guts to play a character who murders small girls. If you though ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Governor or ‘Game of Thrones’ Joffrey were bad then wait to you meet this guy. But don’t worry just desserts are served. And Susie gets her happyish ending.


All can really say about the film is that you WILL CRY !!!

How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.


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