The Lovely Bones (2009) Rated PG-13

 A young woman who was murdered watches over her family and her killer as she battles between the desire for vengeance and for her family to heal. Based on the book by Alice Sebold.  Starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, and Susan Sarandon. 

I haven’t read the book. I know it’s a shocker, but I don’t think the film is as intriguing as the book. It’s a slow story that’s a little bit confusing if you haven’t read the book or if you don’t know what the film is about. I think it’s brilliant that Peter Jackman didn’t use the full murder scene in the film. It helps with creating suspense as you know something horrific happened to her. The CGI isn’t always the best, and, at times, I wish they hadn’t used it. The actors do a wonderful job at bringing these characters to life as they each have emotional depth to contend with. This film, overall, is a beautiful telling of a young girl who ends up murdered and the family left behind looking for answers. This film is worth the watch. 

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