Posted on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Paramount Pictures has released the first five minutes of Peter Jackson‘s The Lovely Bones online. I had a chance to see this film at the Butt-num-a-thon, and was actually quite shocked at how terrible it is. It’s a complete mess with a few moments of brilliance. However, you won’t notice this in the first five minutes, before Peter Jackson takes us to “heaven”, the in-between, or whatever you want to call it. I’m telling you this because I want you to know that this opening sequence is not a good indicator of the rest of the movie.
The film begins really strong, which probably explains why Paramount has released the first five minutes online. There is a suspenseful sequence later in the film which is also quite brilliant. But the rest of the film jumps rapidly from the ridiculous, to the laughable, to the melodramatic, to the WTF. But you can watch the opening five minutes, embedded after the jump.
Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, and directed by Oscar® winner Peter Jackson from a screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, “The Lovely Bones” centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family – and her killer – from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. Oscar® nominee Mark Wahlberg and Oscar® winners Rachel Weisz and Susan Sarandon star along with Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli and Oscar® nominee Saoirse Ronan.