Granted, The Lovely Bones is a Film with many flaws, as so many Films are. I can see what all the fuss is over the movie with the absence of attention to detail. For instance, in one scene, the Father, who, unfortunately, was played by Mark Whalberg, asks where Suzie is and the Sister replies and tells him she is at Film Club, later wondering when she will get back from the mall- where was she; the mall or Film Club? I was also very disappointed in the lack of Character development. The only Character that was expressed thoroughly, and acted brilliantly, I might add, was Susan Sarandon’s Character- the clueless Grandmother who puts a fun spin on the story. Don’t get me wrong, I loved her Character, but she was completely unnecessary in the movie. As I said, the Film is flawed and there’s plenty of room for improvement, but I think some folks are taking the blow a little too hard, and a little too personally. When it comes down to it, The Lovely Bones was damn entertaining, and actually sent several chills down my spine, whether it was out of suspense or the emotional ending. And, surprisingly, even to myself, I found myself loving the “in between” Suzie was in; as corny as it may be, I really liked the timing of sequences and events happening simultaneously in both the in between and real life. I haven’t read the book, and I can’t, for myself, say that it did justice to the novel, but I did hear a Girl afterwards telling her Family that she didn’t think the Film could have been made much better, considering the complexity of the Novel. I’m glad I spent the money, and I’m glad I’ve started off the new year with The Lovely Bones.