I’ve watched and re-watched this Lovely Bones trailer, and I’m still locked into two basic impressions. One, Alice Sebold‘s novel has been heavily milked, which is to say given a florid Jacksonesque tone (’70s-era impressionism mixed with a kind of otherwordly photo-realism) with plot points heavily telegraphed. Jackson isn’t going to let anyone imagine anything for themselves — he’s going to damn well point stuff out.

And two, there’s an excellent reason for the florid vibe considering the post-mortal vantage point of Saoirse Ronan‘s character. So there’s a certain rhyme and reason to it all.