Monday, May 17, 2010
The Lovely Bones - DVD Review
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Saoirse Ronan, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli and Rose McIver.
Directed by Peter Jackson.
One of those movies where I had a solid thumbs-up until the last ten minutes. I could buy into the "What Dreams May Come" art direction of the In-Between where ghosts who aren't ready to move on hang out. I could enjoy the acting from the talented cast. I felt the suspense of having this child-killer on the loose. And then an anvil falls from the sky and squishes my goodwill.
Saorise Ronan (Atonement, City of Ember) plays Sally Salmon, a 14-year-old girl with hopes and dreams who is murdered in 1973. She watches from the other side as her family grieves. She watches her killer get away with it, watches him plot to possibly kill again.
Stanley Tucci was nominated for his work as the killer, and he is nice and creepy here. There's a very suspenseful scene when Sally's sister breaks into his house, looking for possible evidence, and he comes home while she's still inside.
Dis movie coulda had class, it coulda been a contenda. It's still okay, well made and all that, but man, that ending... Tsk tsk.