I wanted so badly to like this. As someone who hasn't read the book, the performances were tight and the world was lovely, and syrupy, with a palpable streak of darkness. But as it chugs along you simply cannot ignore the clunkiness. The special effects-heavy limbo and the indulgent pacing really throw off what could've been a tightly executed experience as whimsical as it is tragic. But it fell short.
Complete bastardization of a wonderful book. Taking a very personal and tragic story about the rape and murder of a young girl and transforming it into a showcase for special effects is probably one of the most disrespectful and thoughtless things I've ever seen a director do. Shame on you, Peter Jackson.
Fantastic performance by Stanley Tucci and young actor Saorse Ronan only problem is the George Lucas/ M. Night Shyamalan like need to over-cute an version of purgatory the "in between" that could have been much better as a darker vision ala Guillermo del Toro or Terry Gilliam. I have a feeling that Jackson is trying to hard to be the next Kubrick and coming up several kilos light
Adapté d'un efficace best-seller américain publié aux States en 2002, cette nouvelle oeuvre de Peter Jackson se distingue par l'éminente interprétation des principaux acteurs, avec une mention particulière à la petite Saoirse Ronan dans le rôle de la malheureuse victime et à Stanley Tucci dans son étonnante composition du monstrueux pervers meurtrier. www.cinefiches.com
There are things that work about this movie. It's a marked improvement on Alice Sebold's mediocre novel, and the expertly-crafted and stylishly shot suspense scenes are glimpses of the filmmaker Peter Jackson once was and may still be. But these inspired moments are spaced out in a film packed with underdeveloped characters, sloppy plotting, and forced sentimentality. A major disappointment.
My expectations were so low that i almost expected a pleasant surprise. And indeed, I got it. I really liked this film; for sure the heavenly visuals are cheesy, but also kind of beautiful. We must not forget that this heaven is the dream of a fourteen year old girl in the seventies! The mood (and especially the music by Brian Eno!) keeps the film engaging in almost every scene. (continues...)
I thougt I loved you, Peter Jackson, but i guess that was just a wrong impression. the narration fucked the whole movie up. oh, sorry, the editing was also pretty terrible, as was the casting (except for Tucci and Ronan). and last but not least, fuck the CGI, please. Get rid of it.