January 21, 2010

Film Critic Quote of the Week

Roger Ebert tees off on Peter Jackson's embarrassment:

"The Lovely Bones" is a deplorable film with this message: If you're a 14-year-old girl who has been brutally raped and murdered by a serial killer, you have a lot to look forward to. You can get together in heaven with the other teenage victims of the same killer, and gaze down in benevolence upon your family members as they mourn you and realize what a wonderful person you were. Sure, you miss your friends, but your fellow fatalities come dancing to greet you in a meadow of wildflowers, and how cool is that... We should all end up like her, and the sooner the better; preferably not after being raped and murdered.
What an awful film, mostly because it tells its story haphazardly and weakly. After Jackson's LOTR triumph, I guess this proves each director can only successfully make one "unfilmable" movie in his lifetime.

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 21, 2010 11:10 PM
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