Lollipops and Death
The Lovely Bones (2010) is one of those rare combinations of the horrifying act of child murdering built around a ghost netherworld full of sunshine and lollipops.
Susie Salmon, a 14 year-old neighborhood girl the absolute embodiment of innocence, is heartbreakingly raped and murdered by the old guy across the street in their neighborhood. Not a plot spoiler — as stomach-turning as the premise is, they want you to know this. Thanks a lot.
Susie’s spirit is caught in a Disney™-esque fantasy world (the lobby of Heaven, as it turns out) where she can see her family — and the guy who killed her. And she’s joined by the killer’s other victims in the afterlife as well. Man, that’s some f’d up club to be in.
Even without the dazzling eye-candy fantasy stuff (I made up the lollipop part), this one’s a stunner, as the grieving father – an emotionally destroyed Mark Wahlberg – is just mere feet from the guy who killed his daughter the entire time, and believes Susie is trying to contact him from beyond the realm with clues. marky Mark spends his days relentlessly tracking down the guilty party. He better hurry – the killer’s next target: Susie’s sister, Lindsay. Bruuuutal.
Not easy to watch, The Lovely Bones doesn’t end the way you want it to, but it offers some closure all the same. A lollipop might help ease your pain.