Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones Navigates Limbo

It's the "in-between", the blue horizon between heaven and earth. This is where director Peter Jackson takes us in "Lovely Bones". Cathechism used to acknowledge its presence - "limbo" - but they are backtracking and starting to refute its existence.

Suzy (Saoirse Ronan) navigates in this world. At 14, she was lured by a eccentric next-door neighbor (the incredible Stanley Tucci) to her death. She watches over her family as her parents (Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz) deal with their grief, but Suzy longs for justice - or worries for her younger sister Lindsay. She also regrets for the first kiss she never had.

Poetry and existentialism converge in this dramatic thriller that paints "the in-between" with lurid and frisky imagination, but as a Peter Jackson ouvre ("The Lord of the Rings"), the finished product underwhelms. Others have done a better limbo - as in Robin Williams' "What Dreams May Come".


Just a thought: Since Suzy's remains were thrown at the "bottomless pit" and never recovered (although the culprit was apprehended), does her soul rest?

Saoirse Ronan. Girl, how do I say your name?

Mark Wahlberg plays hide and seek.

Stanley Tucci eavesdrops by the cornfield.

Reece Ritchie. Object of a dead girl's affections.

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