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
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...)
Saoirse Ronan gives a terrific performance and,i predict,has a long career ahead.Lovers of the book will be disappointed but,i guess,some parts had to be omitted.I would have preferred to see more of Susie's first crush.
Wahlberg,Weisz,Imperioli and Sarandon were given almost nothing to do.And,perhaps less visual effects would have made it less bland?Still a recommendation.
This is not perfect but it's wonderful. It's beautiful but flawed. We do die two times: when we loose our physical and psychologic capacity and when our name is pronounced the last time. This was meant to be watched with your heart, not with an analitical view.
I admit, this film's plot is not well-constructed, had good intentions, but is still a failure. Yet I really like the movie for two reasons alone: Saoirse Ronan and Stanley Tucci (more Ronan than anything else). Their performances are the only good thing about this movie. This introduced me to Saoirse Ronan who is my favorite young actress at present, and who I think will be a great actress someday...but not in this.