“'Tis indeed a miracle, one must feel, that two such heavenly creatures are real.” My goodness, how I adore this film. I get so carried away by the girls’ enthusiasm, their love, imagination, desperation. Winslet & Lynskey outdo themselves. The story is gruesome, the visions horrifying; every time I’m shocked by the sudden appearance of Orson Welles, the hideous It. This is the ultimate tragical, sinister love story.
The genius of Jackson's slide into prestige filmmaking is that it isn't prestige filmmaking at all: he dramatizes the mindset of these teenagers by attacking it with all the gusto and wit and joy of his homemade gore comedies. It perfectly suits the oversized dreams of adolescence. It's that intensity of imagination which makes the slide into madness all the more disturbing. Lynskey and Winslet never set a foot wrong
Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey are convincing as self-centered, fantasy-obsessed and disturbing teenage girls. It was the first mainstream movie from Peter Jackson that put the director on a new and bolder path. While it ends a bit abruptly for my taste as it would have been interesting to see how the murder affected the girls later in life. The actor playing Orson Welles look like a freak version of him.