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The Lovely Bones (2009)
An undeniable failure of a movie
Is this what we have to expect for 2010? What a pathetic first limp for movies in this decade.
The movie is focused around the story of Suzie Salmon, her family, and her life in Purgatory (or as her cliché'd kid brother would cryptically call it "The In-Between place"). Heinously murdered, she clings to material world and watches her family through their grieving and their search to find her killer.
A good cast, a hell of a budget, a creepy villain we can easily hate, a bright eyed kid, and a director known for using everything at it's absolute potential, and everything just came apart.
The story was abysmal, where most of it was useless and unnecessary. Suzie's presence in the real world was way too ethereal and way too minimal. She might as well never have been there at all. As for what happens outside of her world, everything is either way too predictable, way too out-of-character, or way too random and unexplained.
Then we have the characters. Instead of having an endearing and likable main character, we're instead left with a pissy whiny brat of a girl who just won't shut up about being dead. We're subjected to a melodramatic whine fest about being dead the ENTIRE movie, all told in the form of bad poetry and wicked awful, wicked obvious symbolism. Alive she was an unlikeable stuck-up brat. In death, she was a empty, self-absorbed emo.
The family weren't any better (with the exception of the Dad who was actually likable half the time). Everybody lacked emotion, and never gave us any reason to like them or care about them. The kid brother is virtually non-existent, and the mother and sister make brief and pathetic cases for our attention.
The only reason I kept this from being a 1 is the fact that the villain of the movie was both believable, and easy to hate. Stanley Tucci transformed himself into a monster and kept my attention every time he was on the screen.
STAY AWAY FROM THIS MOVIE!!!