Writers: Fran Walsh, Phillippa Boyens, & Peter Jackson
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Stanley Tucci, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon
"I wasn't lost, or frozen, or gone... I was alive; I was alive in my own perfect world." Yet another film based on an acclaimed novel, Lovely Bones follows Susie Salmon (Ronan, first name pronounced "Sasha") in the two years after her murder as she watches over her parents (Wahlberg & Weisz) and killer (Tucci).
Stanley Tucci gives a great performance, definitely deserving of his Oscar nomination--from the moment you see his face, anyone living in the "watch your children, so they don't get snatched" age will get an instant creepy pedophile vibe. The film's set design instantly immerses you in the era of the action (1970s middle America), and the scenes in heaven are absolutely breathtaking visually. Unfortunately, the rest of the film is just mediocre, except for a couple scenes with Wahlberg; it's always nice to see a wimpy character (he starts out as a ship-in-a-bottle-building accountant) grow a spine, and then start using it (vigilante justice!). Ronan's also improved quite a bit since her role in Atonement. All in all, I'd say definitely worth a rent, maybe a buy if the extras are good, but not full theater price.