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The Lovely Bones

February 9, 2010
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When fourteen year old Susie Salmon is murdered by a serial killer who lives in the neighborhood, her body is never found.  Because there’s no body, her family has trouble accepting her death and coping with the loss.  Susie herself is not ready to give up living, so she’s in a limbo of sorts.  She can see what’s happening on Earth, but only one person is aware of her presence.  Susie and her family have to come to terms with her death in order for them all to have peace of mind.

The Lovely Bones is unique in that it’s narrated by Susie after her death.  It’s based on the book of the same name by Alice Sebold.  It’s been years since I read the book, so I really can’t compare the book and the movie, but the basic story was much as I remembered it.  I thought the acting in this movie was solid – Susan Sarandon was a delight as the grandmother and Stanley Tucci was totally creepy as the killer.  As a matter of fact, Tucci has been nominated for an Oscar for his role.

Overall, I thought the movie version of The Lovely Bones was pretty good – I loved the acting, the sets and the props from the 70’s – like the David Cassidy poster.  The scenes that were filmed in limbo were a little much for me, though.  This one’s definitely worth renting.

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  1. February 9, 2010 5:42 am

    I haven’t read “The Lovely Bones” or seen the movie. I always feel like crying just reading the title. I do intend to read it at some point in time.

  2. February 9, 2010 5:42 am

    I didn’t remember everything from the book, but I was not happy with the fact that they changed (drastically) the fate of Tucci’s character. There were a few other facts that they took poetic license with as well. Still you are right, the acting is totally solid…I just love Tucci in anything he does. I saw this movie with my parents and it grievously disturbed my dad. Mom and I had read and book and knew the gig, but he couldn’t sleep for days.

  3. February 9, 2010 7:03 am

    i have read the book and its amazing! can’t wait to see the movie it will premiere in my country if im not in mistake next week!:D:D:D

    kisses

  4. February 9, 2010 7:08 am

    I have a reward for you over my blog Kathy. It’s kind of a way to say thanks for every visit. It’s not much but I value your comments.

  5. February 9, 2010 7:16 am

    I haven’t seen the movie yet but if it’s any thing like the book then I am not sure I can watch it. Book was powerful but it put me off reading for a few days. Subject was handled well and all but I still can’t go back to read that book . Harvey was one character who succeed in making me feel uneasy ..

  6. February 9, 2010 7:53 am

    I don’t think I can watch this one, it looks too sad 😦 I’m glad you enjoyed it though!

  7. February 9, 2010 7:55 am

    I think I’ll have to wait for the DVD, as my husband keeps suggesting other movies to see at the theater instead..LOL Glad you enjoyed it Kathy

  8. February 9, 2010 8:30 am

    I haven’t read the book, but we were thinking of going to the theater. Maybe I’ll wait to rent it.

  9. February 9, 2010 8:33 am

    I loved the book (in fact need to reread it for a review) and I have been curious about the movie. It sounds like I would enjoy it (especially the 70’s era stuff as that was part of my heyday).

  10. February 9, 2010 8:54 am

    The book was not my cup of tea – I just didn’t really think it was as great as everyone else seemed to. I felt the writing was okay and the story line was not original. As for the film, well, I was surprised they made one. I wasn’t going to watch it, but decided to give it a go. Its been years since I read the book and perhaps there was more to it than I remembered. Well, I was wrong. The movie was flat. I think the scenes with Susie in the in-between world were a bit much and repetitive. Overall, the film was mediocre at best.

  11. February 9, 2010 9:09 am

    I saw the previews but even with just them could hardly sit through it! But I’m glad you liked it!

  12. February 9, 2010 9:20 am

    I haven’t seen this yet, but I loved the book. I’ve heard those limbo scenes are a bit surreal and out there, but shouldn’t they be…we really have no idea what that would look like…

    Thanks for the review.

  13. February 9, 2010 9:28 am

    Ohh…Stanley Tucci as the killer?! I bet he is fantastic in that role.

  14. February 9, 2010 9:39 am

    After all this time, I’m dying to read it. No pun intended.

  15. February 9, 2010 10:35 am

    I really want to see this movie. I’ve read the book so long ago that I don’t think I’ll even remember the story..

  16. kaye permalink
    February 9, 2010 10:35 am

    I haven’t even read the book but definitely want to see the movie. Glad you gave it the thumbs up!

  17. February 9, 2010 11:08 am

    I read the book and loved it. Mostly, I loved it for the risks the author took in the way the story was constructed, although I did like the story. Haven’t seen the movie. I’ll probably rent it.

    Helen
    Straight From Hel

  18. February 9, 2010 11:57 am

    I read this book, a few years ago, but to be honest I don’t know if I could watch this one.

  19. February 9, 2010 12:10 pm

    I loved the movie!! Even for the sensitive nature it was fantastically made.

    Haven’t read the book. Bad blogger!

  20. stacybuckeye permalink
    February 9, 2010 12:49 pm

    I loved the book, but the the cheesy looking scenes of the in between world from the previews kind of turned me off.
    I’m doing the quizzes on my blog a little differently, so you don’t have to be the first one there to participate 🙂

  21. February 9, 2010 12:57 pm

    I liked the film much better than the book!

  22. February 9, 2010 1:37 pm

    I really enjoyed the book, but I’m not sure I even want to see the movie. Usually if I like the book, I don’t like the movie.

  23. February 9, 2010 1:50 pm

    It has been several years since I read the book and I was really looking forward to seeing the movie. However the movie doesn’t seem to have lived up to my memories of the book (at least according to most reviewers who saw it). I’m going to take your advice and rent it when it comes on DVD. That way I can reread the book…something I have been meaning to do for several months now!

  24. February 9, 2010 2:37 pm

    You are the first person I’ve heard that liked the movie if they read the book! Glad to know. I may rent it after all.

  25. February 9, 2010 3:46 pm

    My husband and I saw this a couple of weeks ago and we both thought it was very good. It has been a long time since I have read the book, so it is indeed hard to compare, but I do think there were some subtle differences. I also didn’t really love the “otherworld” scenes, and as a matter of fact I had a hard time distinguishing the other side from the scenes of heaven at the end. They both looked a bit similar to me. All in all it was a really sad story and I think I ended up feeling a bit more saddened by the book than the movie, but both were worth experiencing. Stanley Tucci was beyond creepy as well, he deserves the award! The movie didn’t really spell out the fact that Susie was raped either, but when I looked at the synopsis of the movie on imdb, it mentions it clearly. Great review, glad you liked it!

  26. February 9, 2010 3:49 pm

    I’m not sure this one is for me. I didn’t read the book. I think I’ll wait for the rental.

  27. February 9, 2010 5:08 pm

    Thanks for the review! I always love book vs movie posts. I read this but haven’t seen the movie yet – definitely want to.

  28. February 9, 2010 5:17 pm

    I thought the movie was much sadder. Since Susie narrates the book, I didn’t feel as sad for her. Also I thought the movie had a hard time with the almost-boyfriend and Susie coming back in the body of the girl he’s seeing after her death.

  29. February 9, 2010 6:08 pm

    I’ve been hearing mixed reviews about this movie, so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! I loved the book, and hope that I’ll enjoy the movie as well.

  30. February 9, 2010 6:49 pm

    Good to know! I don’t know anyone whose seen it yet so I’ve been waiting for a review. Now I know to add it to my netflix!

  31. February 9, 2010 7:06 pm

    I still haven’t read this book yet! Have to remedy that!

  32. February 9, 2010 8:59 pm

    I did like the film version. The book is better, but what book isn’t half the time? I think they did a good job. Tucci was so horrifying…I loved the part when he’s in the bath with all the blood. *shudder*

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  33. February 9, 2010 9:47 pm

    It has been a long time since I read the book too … but I was interested to see that Peter Jackson was the director. I kind of trust him for what I suspect was a difficult adaptation.

  34. February 9, 2010 9:55 pm

    I loved the book The Lovely Bones and I definitely plan to see the movie. I’ll probably Netflix it when it comes out on DVD. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the movie so far, but I’m encouraged by the fact that you think it’s worth renting. I’ll absolutely be giving it a shot in a few months. 🙂

  35. February 9, 2010 10:35 pm

    It’s been ages since I read the book but I do remember liking it. This movie is coming to the base theater in the next week or two so I will try to see it.

  36. February 9, 2010 11:51 pm

    Rent it, it is. I’ve been concerned about this one not living up to the book but I did want to see it at some point. I’ll just wait.

  37. February 10, 2010 2:35 am

    I didn’t like the book very much. I do plan to watch the movie at some point. I hope I like it better than the book.

  38. February 10, 2010 8:03 am

    I read the book and enjoyed it, I hope to see the film. The cast looks great.

  39. February 10, 2010 10:18 am

    I read the book ages ago, too. I hope to see the movie at some point. Glad to hear you liked it.

  40. February 10, 2010 10:48 am

    I read the book and thought it was brave of her to deal with this subject that way. I hate filmed books because Hollywood always fiddles with the story. And reading is always a better experience than film for me. Glad you enjoyed it.

  41. February 10, 2010 10:51 am

    I really enjoyed the book but didn’t think the transition to the big screen would be good. Glad to see that it wasn’t all that bad. It was the heaven sequences that I thought would not work out too well. Thanks for the review Kathy 🙂

  42. February 10, 2010 11:45 am

    I never read the book. I think I may pass on the movie, too. Thanks for the review, though.

  43. February 10, 2010 1:59 pm

    I’m going to wait for this to come out on DVD…thanks for the review!

  44. February 10, 2010 4:33 pm

    I haven’t seen this yet but it looks good. I might pick up the movie after I read the book but from the previews I’ve seen I have to agree that the limbo scenes are a little out of context.

  45. February 10, 2010 7:47 pm

    I didn’t like the book and I have no interest in the movie. Except, I do like Stanley Tucci as an actor. 🙂

  46. February 10, 2010 8:03 pm

    I know I’ll watch this movie eventually, but I had trouble with the “limbo” scenes in the book as well.

  47. February 10, 2010 8:46 pm

    I don’t intend to see this movie, but I like Saoirse Ronan. I thought she was amazing in Atonement.

  48. February 10, 2010 10:17 pm

    I’ve read the book and liked it and I’d love to see the movie although I’ll probably wait for it to come out on DVD.

  49. February 11, 2010 8:40 pm

    I have been keeping myself from watching this movie, since I hadn’t read the book either. I have the book sitting on my shelf, and from experience, I know books on my shelf stay where they are. 😉

  50. February 12, 2010 4:28 am

    I need to read this soon. I’ve been putting off reading it for so long.

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