When Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is 14 years old, she is murdered by her neighbour (Stanley Tucci). From heaven, she watches over her parents (Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz) in their increasing desperate attempts to cope with her death.
If you’ve read any review of this movie, you’re probably under the impression that it’s the worst movie ever. That’s not true. But it’s also not very good.
It’s been a while since I’ve read the book so my comparison between the two will be a little hazy. I remember that the book chartered more of the family’s lives, not only a couple of years and that therefore the events were a little more drawn out. I didn’t remember that crappy ending [SPOILER: the body hijacking part /SPOILER], but my sister assures me that it was in the book, too. (I believe her. She has an uncanny memory for these things. Also, she usually reads books 4-100 times.) I must have blocked that out.
Anyway, back to the film. It is not Peter Jackson’s finest work. I mean, was he always that obsessed with hands/fingers? It seems that every second shot was of hands doing something. And that made me headdesk. A lot.[Well, actually it made me *headseat* since there was no desk to be had in the cinema.]
The cast was really good. I mean, I expected no less from Rachel Weisz and Saoirse Ronan, but Susan Sarandon has been hit and miss lately and here, she was a hit again. But even Mark Wahlberg did a good job (I know!). Though none of this changes the fact that Stanley Tucci was absofuckinglutely amazing and stole everybody’s show.
And heaven looked really beautiful – they did a wonderful job there.
Unfortunately, the whole pacing of the story was off. Some parts dragged (and was all hand shots) and then, suddenly, five things happened at once.
Summarising, it’s worth to see the movie for Stanley Tucci and you probably won’t be bored to death if you see it, but put it altogether and the movie is more meh than anything else.