Amazing Story Transformed Into Film

August 12, 2009

Susan Sarandon in 'The Lovely Bones'

Saoirse Ronan & Susan Sarandon in 'The Lovely Bones'

I just saw the trailer for Peter Jackson’s new film The Lovely Bones … sticking to his niche of adapting books into films, i.e. Lord of the Rings, this movie takes a drastic turn from science fiction, hobbits and elves. Written by Alice Sebold in 2002, the story follows Susie Salmon in the 1970s … after she is murdered she goes to her personal-heaven where she watches over her family as they deal with the aftermath of her death.

After watching the preview, I don’t believe the film is going in the same depressing direction as the book … Personally, I can see this as a positive. While the story is brilliant, I don’t think viewers want to be crying the entire duration of the movie. Plus, some of the scenes make the film look more fantasy than drama … This could be a good turn for Jackson, but I hope the storyline does not deter because of cheesy or lame animation.

Susie is going to be played by Saoirse Ronan … the Academy-Award nominated actress from Atonement … and I think this is a spectacular casting choice. Ronan has got to be one of the best young actresses to come out of the past couple years. The film also features Academy-Award winners Rachel Weisz and Susan Sarandon and Academy-Award nominee Mark Wahlberg. Yeah, that’s four Academy-Award nominated actors in one movie … It can’t suck too much, right??

Nevertheless, I have really high hopes for this film and I have a feeling it’s going to live up to the hype. I know that it’s going to be sad … any film that deals with the murder of a young woman is not going to be an uplifting story, nor should it be … but, I have a feeling Jackson and the actors will add an endearing touch to the film to where it’s not a tearjerker the entire time and be extremely inspirational … The film will be out in 2009 … Keep an eye out!

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