First Trailer for ‘The Lovely Bones’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2009 at 3:05 pm,

the lovely bones still First Trailer for The Lovely Bones

The first trailer for Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s bestselling novel The Lovely Bones has officially hit the net and (visually speaking) it looks as if Jackson is once again bringing us something special.

Before you watch the trailer though, I must warn you: it does reveal elements of the film that could be considered SPOILERS for those “purists” out there who don’t like to know too much too soon.

Now that you’ve been fairly warned, continue on to see the trailer.

For those unfamiliar with Sebold’s novel, here is a quick synopsis of The Lovely Bones [SPOILER ALERT!]:

The Lovely Bones is the story of a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

So okay, obviously the “whodunit?” aspect of this movie is not meant to be a mystery. And if you’ve read the book, you know that the “who” is not so important as the “why” and the ramifications of what happens in wake of a brutal, violent and tragic occurrence.

But still, movie fans are a fickle bunch and I’m not trying to take any flack for SPOILING things for people, so if you don’t want to know who the murderer is until five minutes after the movie has started, then don’t watch this trailer. For the rest you, here is your first look at The Lovely Bones:

The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli and Saoirse Ronan (the fantastic young actress from Atonement) as the lead character/dead girl narrator, Susie Salmon.

Visually, this film looks like Jackson’s most accomplished work to date – even better in some ways than Lord of The Rings. Susie’s “personal heaven” looks fantastic to behold and I can’t wait to see Jackson’s full interpretation of the semi-afterlife, dubbed here as “the in-between.”

However, is the film Academy Award material like some are already claiming? For my part I’ll have to wait and see the finished product.

The Lovely Bones is slated to hit theaters on December 11, 2009. Let us know what you thought about the trailer.

Source: Apple Movies

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  1. woohoo, first comment!

    wow! I watched that @ 8:30 in the morning (uk time) and it stuck with me all day, proper goosebump inducing trailer…

    I bet it’s not an easy movie to watch….

  2. It’s Peter Jackson! Of course I’ll be checking this…

  3. I can’t say I’m that much excited…

  4. I read the book my junior year of high school and honestly i found it a little boring…but then again back then all i ever read were Warcraft and Forgotten Realms books.

    Seeing this trailer gave me a breath of fresh air as I was given an interpretation of the story faaaarrrr different from my own. I am definitely keeping my eye on this one.

  5. I’ve only read the book once last summer, I’ve read hundreds of books since then and I still remember most of the plot points.

    But watching the trailer really brings back all those feelings I felt at that time. Props to Jackson for perfectly capturing the tone and atmosphere of the book. *thumbs up*

    I’ll definitely watch it on December. :)

  6. I haven’t read the book yet, but I shall. The story sounds right up my alley! I like how Peter Jackson seems to be able to put to film the scenes that I envision as I read something (AKA LOTR) as we seem to envision things similarly and he has done a great job of bringing great things to the screen while remaining true to the work off which the film is based. I will probably be able to read the book before the film is released so that I can make the comparison but it’s enough to make me want to catch it! Plus…with him usually staying true to text it’s great to see what the author had written and compare the film to what you saw in your head as you read it.

    Stanley Tucci looks great in the trailer…not a character which I’d expect him to play and that’s what acting is all about. Have to see how it plays out in the film but he certainly looks like he pulls it off well even just from the short bits in the trailer.

    And I agree that the trailer is awesomely put-together. Effective use of score and the right scenes spliced together to induce the chills. And with the heatwave we’ve got going here as I post this, the chills are greatly wanted.

  7. The only reasons I will go to watch this movie are…:
    1. A Peter Jackson film
    2. A girl tragedy/Murderer Story
    3. Rose McIver- Summer Landsdown from Power Rangers RPM