Last night I crossed The Lovely Bones off my must-see-before-Oscar-night list. With just one nomination (Stanley Tucci for Supporting Actor) it wasn't high on my must-see list, but it was playing at the Rainbow for $2 so I figured why not? The answer: because it's just a big sappy mess.
The core of the story is about how the murder of a daughter tears a family apart – and that just isn't developed. The actors portraying the mother and father just kind of sleepwalk after the murder, offering nothing for the audience to hold on to. So when the family falls apart, I just didn't care. Everything else is just swelling music and teary eyes. A bunch of sap.
Okay, there is some beauty to the visual style of the scenes that take place in "Heaven" and the suspense sequences were well-handled, but if you've seen the trailer, you already know what's gonna take place. My advice is to skip this one and hope that Peter Jackson eventually figures out how to direct a film again soon.