100 movies: The Lovely Bones

100 movies of 2012

Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!

The Lovely BonesThe Lovely Bones (05/06/12)

Centres on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family – and her killer – from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Well this film made me cry. Thankfully I was alone while watching so no one could see my face go completely ugly. I don’t think I’m one of those fortunate enough to be classed as a pretty cryer.

I though The Lovely Bones was a touching little story about a girl trying to deal with her own death and try to cope with watching her family move on with their lives. Or rather, not move on, in the beginning. Saoirse Ronan carries the emotional baggage of this film very well. She’s a rather talented young actress! Stanley Tucci’s creep-tastic George Harvey was exactly that. Though, seriously, he looks like what a psycho killer would look like so why not suspect him more in the beginning! Film logic?

The dream sequences of that space between Earth and heaven were beautiful. Really stunningly done.

I understand that there was a lot of backlash against this film when it was released as it isn’t a patch on the book. Or so I’ve read. I am intrigued about the book after seeing the film. Might even check it out. Though having not read the book I obviously can’t compare. So from just a film viewers perspective, I rather liked this film.

One of my favourite moments was when Rose McIver’s character, Lindsey, was rifling through George Harvey’s house. I could feel the tension!

Overall, not a jaw dropping film. Mildly enjoyable. With a rather emotional ending.

Oh and Mark Wahlberg’s hair? Is he not allowed to have anything but totally dire hairstyles in the films he’s in?
Rating: 3/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

43 Films so far this year

  1. The Tourist 1/5 (02/01/12)
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 5/5 (03/01/12)
  3. World’s Greatest Dad 2/5 (14/01/12)
  4. Haywire 3/5 (19/01/12)
  5. Dead Snow 3/5 (20/01/12)
  6. The Artist 5/5 (21/01/12)
  7. Priest 2/5 (05/02/12)
  8. The Muppets 5/5 (15/02/12)
  9. Faster 4/5 (19/02/12)
  10. Chronicle 4/5 (22/02/12)
  11. Safe House 4/5 (24/02/12)
  12. Reservoir Dogs 4/5 (25/02/12)
  13. This Means War 4/5 (02/03/12)
  14. The Royal Tenenbaums 3/5 (03/03/12)
  15. Reign of Fire 3/5 (04/03/12)
  16. Dear John 2/5 (04/03/12)
  17. Road to Perdition 5/5 (05/03/12)
  18. The Three Musketeers 3/5 (06/03/12)
  19. The Eagle 2/5 (10/03/12)
  20. Everybody’s Fine 2/5 (14/03/12)
  21. Frankenstein 4/5 (15/03/12)
  22. Love and Other Drugs 2/5 (15/03/12)
  23. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2/5 (17/03/12)
  24. The Big Lebowski 5/5 (18/03/12)
  25. The Hunger Games 3/5 (23/03/12)
  26. Headhunters 4/5 (07/04/12)
  27. Super 1/5 (07/04/12)
  28. The Cabin in the Woods 5/5 (13/04/12)
  29. Watchmen 4/5 (14/04/12)
  30. The Hurt Locker 3/5 (21/04/12)
  31. Avengers Assemble 5/5 (26/04/12)
  32. 22 Bullets 2/5 (28/04/12)
  33. Bad Teacher 1/5 (29/04/12)
  34. Red Riding Hood 1/5 (04/05/12)
  35. A Perfect Getaway 4/5 (05/05/12)
  36. Ca$h 1/5 (13/05/12)
  37. Kung Fu Panda 2 3/5 (14/05/12)
  38. Everything Must Go 2/5 (24/05/12)
  39. New York, I Love You 2/5 (25/05/12)
  40. Beginners 4/5 (26/05/12)
  41. Prometheus 4/5 (03/06/12)
  42. The Tree of Life 2/5 (04/06/12)
  43. The Lovely Bones 3/5 (05/06/12)