The Lovely Bones Reviews
In Jackson's simplified, sweetened, and CGI-besotted telling, The Lovely Bones is a sad-but-hopeful, dramatic-but-gentle fairy tale intentionally made less upsetting for teens.
The miscalculation on almost every level is perversely thorough. It's as if the filmmaker, faced with an endless series of daunting creative choices, proudly took the wrong road each and every time.
Jackson is too enamored with the idea of mixing heaven and the heebie-jeebies, so he's made the skeevy equivalent of a Mitch Albom book with some pulp fiction pressed between its covers.
Jackson's film takes us on a journey of loveliness, but without the hard, stark strength of bone beneath it to give it the direction and purpose Sebold used to drive her story into the heart.
The Lovely Bones is a deplorable film with this message: If you're a 14-year-old girl who has been brutally raped and murdered by a serial killer, you have a lot to look forward to.