Review: The Lovely Bones
What bones may come?We've come to expect more of the director of BRAINDEAD and those little known Hobbit movies. Visually splendid, yet unengaging, this film version has none of the poer of the original novel. The CGI "heaven" scenes look like Robin Williams' oil painted paradise in WHAT DREAMS MAY COME (another Kiwi directed movie). Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz and Susan Sarandon have little to do. Saoirse Ronan and Stanley Tucci are, as expected, superb and Titirangi-born Rose McIver is great. Sadly though, despite a few standout moments (the dread of Tuci's underground lair, the shipwreck of ships in bottles), the overall effect is underwheming - even on repeated viewings. It is a film that is seemingly set on spreading a message of "hope" that transcends death... But somewhere in there, the humanity (oh the humanity!) just gets, well... lost.