Running Time: 135 Minutes
Release Date: 15-Jan-2010
One Sentence: Not the movie you are thinking it is.
All the comments about The Lovely Bones I have been hearing from people that have not seen it yet is pretty universal. I read that book, I don't think I want to see a movie about it. I get a general feel that The Lovely Bones rubbed people the wrong way even though it was a best selling book. So they feel the same way about the movie. Do they want to go through that experience again? Do they want to deal with the subjects that go on in the book, or would they just like to skip it. I never read the book, but I would not skip the movie.
The Lovely Bones felt like certain movies, that deal with death and dying, that capture it in a way that I hope one day I might experience in death. I generally like these types of movies, and I did like The Lovely Bones. I thought it was wonderfully executed, the blend of life and death, the dark and light times of it all, and I think Peter Jackson made both of these worlds come to life in a spectacular way. I think he crafted the delicate subject matter in a way that painted the picture he wanted to, without putting too much weight on the audience. I left the movie feeling surprised with what I had seen and glad I had watched it.
I think it is a lovely January movie for you to go see in the theater, and due to the solid visual effects I would recommend a theater viewing of The Lovely Bones. If you have to rent it I guess it would be ok, but I think you will be missing out on some visually appealing scenes.