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CNN: Peter Jackson stands up for his 'Bones'

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Apr 20 2010, 4:14pm

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CNN: Peter Jackson stands up for his 'Bones'

(CNN) -- Before "The Lovely Bones," the aughts had been a charmed decade for Peter Jackson.

It began with the one-two-three punch of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, a juggernaut that grossed almost $4 billion worldwide at the box office and won 17 Oscars -- 11 of those, including best picture and best director, for the final chapter, "The Return of the King."

Jackson followed "Rings" with his 2005 remake of "King Kong," which was another huge success both at the box office and with critics. He donned his producer's hat for 2009's "District 9," a low-budget South African film that made $200 million worldwide and was nominated for best picture. [Read Full Story]


Apr 21 2010, 3:17pm

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I still think alot of the problem was expectations...

I'v not read the book but given the subject matter I like I'd guess alot of critics expected a "serious realistic drama"with some supernatural elements. What we got though was much closer to LOTR or Kong with larger than life pretty archetypical characters. People are used to seeing that in fantasy but tend to associate it with poor quality "daytime" filmkaing with this kind of subject matter, personally I think its just very tough to get right. There were definately more misteps here than in LOTR or Kong (the boyfriend and the physic girl for example) but as he says in that interview much of the film was sucessful for me because it didnt try to use the archetypical characters and situations to gain false emotion.

(This post was edited by moreorless on Apr 21 2010, 3:19pm)

Kangi Ska

Apr 21 2010, 11:45pm

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It was better than the book.

I believe that no matter what movie Peter made at that point in his career it would have been attacked. A lot of people just want the winner to fail. I personally would have went for the grittier adaptation of the story but Peter did not want that distracting from the other elements of the story.

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Apr 22 2010, 12:18am

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CNN calls King Kong a 'huge success both at the box office and with critics', but I remember the film being criticised for not being good enough by the director of LOTR, and only bringing in an enormous amount at the box office rather than the gargantuan amount that it 'should' have done.

It's nice to see PJ getting plaudits for King Kong but the reinterpretation of the critics' comments of the time, to support CNN's angle, is a bit annoying.

One thing I like about PJ as a creative force is that he has a clear image of what he wants from a film, and he makes sure he gets that - and then stands by it, regardless of the surrounding commentary. I think that sometimes films are shaped in an effort to appeal to a perception of the masses, rather than the focus being on making *a good film*. PJ does the latter. He's said of LOTR, King Kong and The Lovely Bones that he made them into his version of the stories, rather than trying for a single purist version - and the result is a series of films that feel fresh and stand strongly on their own merits.

Needless to say, I thought he did a great job with TLB.

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The Shire

Apr 22 2010, 12:53am

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Regardless of people WANTING Peter Jackson to fail, The Lovely Bones was an unforgivably awful piece of garbage. Colossal waste of 11 dollars. To be honest, I think Peter Jackson losing all the weight and getting rid of the glasses caused him to lose his touch. I mean, just look at how AWFUL he looks now, when before he was a total badass. That's why I'm happy with Guillermo directing The Hobbit. PJ would have ruined it anyway with his love of gritty realism and his hatred of magic and whimsy. Now Gandalf can use some crazy spells and all of the animals can talk! Yay!


Apr 22 2010, 6:00am

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I really hope you're being sarcastic >_>


Apr 22 2010, 4:28pm

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I read the book...

... and it was a difficult read for me, especially the beginning - when at one point I didn't think I could continue reading the book. When I was reading it, my daughter was 14. Back in 1973, I was a 16 year old, so I could relate with the era and the naivete of Suzy. So it was hard to read. The father reminded me of my husband, and he reacted how I think my husband would react. The mother made me angry with her reaction, but then again, she was faced with a horrible situation and I never want to know what I would do in her shoes. I found it a very emotional book.

That said - I made the conscious decision that I would not go to see the movie in the theatres (even though I love Peter Jackson films). I really didn't think I could sit through it. However, I will most likely rent the DVD and watch it sometime.