Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Lovely Bones

At last.... I managed to see this in what must surely be one of its last weeks on the big screen.

The book; I loved it! Really, really loved it. I was crying even before the end of the first chapter. I also love Peter Jackson - he's so clever, and so gifted. I was really excited when I heard that he was making a movie based in it...

And that's the crux of it..... only based on it. Firstly, good call on Mark W. I love Ryan G, but I think that Mark was better cast here. Although it would have been very interesting to see what Ryan G would have done with the part.... he's an amazing actor and would surely have surprised me.

Ironically, it was the part of the book that I was most concerned about what PJ would do with to make it seem real that he did the best with - when Susie comes to claim her kiss before moving on. Now admittedly, I haven't read the book in a long time.... perhaps 3-4 years at least... but a feeling I got when reading it was definitely lost in translation in the movie... the feeling that Susie was ok, that although her death was horrendous and too awful for anyone to ever really imagine, she was ok in her heaven. It was those of us that were left behind that struggled the most. But in the movie, Susie wasn't that ok. There was other things that were different (or I might not be able to remember them!)... the dad being beaten, the break in, Riley and Holiday's small parts, the major part of the grandmother, the mom leaving, the ending.... a lot of creative license was in the movie. Which, to be fair, is one of the reasons why I love watching a movie that has been made based on a book because ultimately, you are watching that person's vision come to life rather than your own.

So The Lovely Bones wasn't bad, in fact it was a good movie and visually breathtaking..... it just wasn't the book.

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