Lovely Bones Analysis

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The Lovely Bones (2009) Film Analysis * Directed by Peter Jackson * Not a traditional beginning to a crime film flashbacks and a recount * Told within the first 10 minutes that the protagonist was murdered typical of a crime text, in that the crime is revealed early. * Once viewers are alerted to the murder, we are constantly searching for clues and who it could be. * We know every detail about the murderer before we know who he is. * The murderer is chilling, as he is (from the outside) a ‘typical’ neighbor. He has odd obsessions and habits, which in turn allows the audience to somewhat comprehend the motive for the crime. He fits the mold for the typical crime fiction criminal. * There is no formal detective, but the father (Jack), and daughter (Lindsey) take this role. * One questions the real criminal, when multiple moral crimes come to the surface. * The ‘detectives’ (Jack & Lindsey), are far from the conventional detective, and hence allows the audience to only be subconsciously aware that the text revolves around a crime and that of the crime genre. * We question the effectiveness of the crime due to it being set in a different era from ours. Do we the audience feel as attached or emotional towards it, even though it’s not in ‘our time’? Or is it frightening that crimes like this have been occurring for so long? * The romantic storyline is in place to give the protagonist authenticity and allow the audience to feel the loss of her at varying levels. Susie seems to be the typical teenager, which exemplifies the notion that this could happen to anyone. * The murderer plays on Susie’s innocence, which enforces greater emotion on the audience- we have the assumption that children shouldn’t be involved in crime. As a result when they are, the affect on the audience is heightened to loss and empathy.

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