“These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections-sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent-that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events that my death wrought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous body had been my life.”
― Alice Sebold,
trigger warning: rape, emotional death, murder, violence, divorce, and obsession
Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel, which was published last 2002, entitled The Lovely Bones evoked the ordeal death of a girl whose last name belongs to a fish; Susie Salmon, under the hands of an obssessed rapist.
From the setting of a 1970s milleu at an American locale, it enthralls the journey of Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) to heaven. Ronan’s character spurns the thought of death and being afar from her beloved relatives, friends, and lover. She continues to be nostalgic on every single memory of her and even her last day as an intact body. She stayed on an area where every structure hides an extensive nuance.
The afterlife realm seemed psychedelic to some, but sentimental to the protagonist. From there, she watches her family endure the pain of searching for Susie’s body while the culprit behind her absence (Stanley Tucci) plots another lamentable crime upon her sister.
Susie’s father ( Mark Wahlberg), obsessed on finding her daughter’s killer, forgot that he still have two kids growing up vague and a wife close to filing a divorce. While Susie’s younger sister manages to unveil the unnerving mystery of her dearest sibling’s demise.
It’s that type of a film/book wherein the populace may come astray with the hidden intentions due to the dream-like yet ghastly visuals of the Between but once you comprehend its true in-depth cognition, you will come in full circle. 360 degrees of understanding on how Susie believed how turning back is a no-no, how other victims of Tucci (YES SPOILER) died, the whereabouts of Susie’s butchered body, and how the snowglobe analogy of her father may intertwine Susie’s stay on the Between realm.
The Lovely Bones depicts the forfeiture of a young adolescent and her struggle to progress to Heaven; where she must free everything that fastens her to the reality of the living. It resonates the connotation of love, grief, and obsession from the skin to the Lovely Bones.