Synopsis: [spoiler]Based on the best selling book by Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones is the story of a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.[/spoiler]
I have been told that all reviews must contain an equal balance of positive comments, and negative, so that the reader can make up their own mind as to whether to watch the film or not, after watching this film I am not sure that I can stick to this rule, however I will try.
Now, The Lovely Bones was an absolutely wonderful book. I have read it numerous times throughout my life, and was ecstatic when I heard it was being turned into a movie. I have loved most of the movie adaptations of my favourite books lately (mainly the Twilight saga...) and after seeing the trailer, I had high expectations for this adaptation.
I went to the cinema with two others, my friend Hayley who is also a massive fan of the book, and my boyfriend James who has not read it.
By around ten minutes in to the film, me and Hayley were thoroughly disappointed. Many main points of the book were completely omitted from the movie, which I understand, but this was beyond the expected amount of book-to-film omissions. The plot had giant holes which slightly confusing even to someone who knew the story well. James had to ask what was happening several times throughout the film as he was as (if not more) confused as me and Hayley!
The positives - although it was slightly confusing if you haven’t read the book, there were many beautiful scenes of Susie Salmons version of heaven, and the soundtrack is absolutely stunning. There is a very ‘arty’ feel to the film, and in some scenes it is very surreal which is very aesthetically pleasing.
I would suggest you see this film if you have not read the book, or if you are able to completely get the book out of your head prior to watching the film.
Not the most positive review, but in all honesty, I was hugely disappointed.
A meagre 4/10 from me.