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'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close'

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'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' 'Two Jews On Film' Only One Is Moved By This Post 9/11 Drama

  • Dec 18, 2011

By Joan Alperin Schwartz

9/11...All you have to do is say that date and most people will have a reaction...usually an emotional reaction...And for me, that emotion is one of saddness...for the senseless loss that so many people experienced.

And now, ten years after that infamous day, Stephen Daltry has directed a beautiful, moving film about...loss.

 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' stars first time actor, Thomas Horn.  He plays the young boy Oskar, trying to come to terms with his father's death on 9/11.

What's amazing about Thomas, is that just like the character Oskar, he too has Asperger's Syndrom.  Horn is in every scene of this film and he's absolutely riverting.  

Apparently Scott Rudin saw him on the tv game show Jeopardy and cast him in the part.  I'm sure there's more to the story, but in any case, Thomas Horn definitely, if he chooses, has a great future ahead of him as an actor.

'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' is many things...A mystery...a family drama, a quest...even at times, a comedy, but in the end, this is a film about the relationship between a father (Tom Hanks) and his adoring son.

A year after his father's death in the Twin Towers, Oskar is still ridden with guilt and pain from his loss.
 One day, he finds a key in his dad's closet...And it's this key, that takes Oskar on an odyssey to discover the lock that the key fits.  And of course, he winds up finding something much more profound than he ever could have imagined.

Oskar's travels take him on a journey throughout New York's five boroughs and along the way, he runs into some eccentric, wonderful characters, including Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright, a married couple with their own set of secrets.     

He also gets some unexpected help, from his grandmother's (Zoe Caldwell) mysterious Renter...Max Von Sydow.

Von Sydow will surely get an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor.  He gives one of the most compelling performances in the film and...he does it...without uttering one single word.

Sandra Bullock plays Linda, Oskar's mother and although she isn't in many scenes, her presence is felt throughout the film. In fact, one of the  twists has to do with Linda's relationship with her son. 

'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' is based on a novel written a few years back by Jonathan Safran Foer and Eric Roth ('Benjamin Button') has done an excellent job in adapting it for the screen.  

Roth mentioned at the Writer's Guild Q & A that he wrote 50 drafts of the script.  Now that should give hope to all aspiring screenwriters.

In my opinion, I think this movie is a must see for everyone.  Simply put, it's a story about a very special boy, who comes to realize, that even when you lose someone you love, they never really go too far away...  

'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' opens in selected theaters, December 25, 2011 and expands to wide release on January 20, 2012.  It's a perfect holiday movie.

'Two Jews On Film' are ending the year, disagreeing...as usual...At least about this film.

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December 23, 2011
I saw some previews on this, but right now I am on the fence. Nice one as always and Happy Holidays!
December 29, 2011
Same to you. Well I loved it...John not so much...at all. LOL
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review by . June 24, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
** out of ****    For me, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is about as difficult to hate as it is to like or even love. The reviews seem quite divided over Stephen Daldry's adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel, with some calling it manipulative melodrama and others considering it effective and very moving. The Academy surely saw something special in the picture, as exemplified by their decision to nominate it for Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards; although then …
review by . December 29, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
A little too loud at times
EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE Written by Eric Roth Directed by Stephen Daldry Starring Thomas Horn, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow and Tom Hanks   Making movies about the September 11 tragedies is unquestionably tricky. You don’t want to gloss over the facts and you definitely don’t want to exploit the pain but you also have to ensure that your movie is not so bleak and depressing that no one ends up seeing it. EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, the latest film by Oscar …
review by . December 27, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close represents the best type of sentimentalism there is, in which the aim is not to make you cry but to actually tell a story that will resonate emotionally. It’s not a fairy tale, a fable, or a parable; it’s simply a film that works more on the heart than it does the brain. I don’t always appreciate narrative contrivances, but in this case, I have to admire Daldry and screenwriter …
review by . January 22, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn) shares an incredibly close relationship with his father, Thomas Schell (Tom Hanks). Oskar is an extraordinary child who has some very particular social quirks. His list is rather extensive and it's revealed that he was once tested for Asperger's Syndrome. However, Thomas Schell spends a great amount of time with his son and does everything he can to help him overcome his fears. However, on September 11, 2001 as the world changes forever, tragically so does the …
Quick Tip by . May 10, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Saw this on my afternoon flight from Hong Kong to Singapore just last Thursday. I had often wondered how children who lost their parents during the Sep. 11 attack would react and cope with life after learning about their parents' demise. Unbeknownst to me at the time of watching, I had to deal with the unexpected death of a childhood friend that very night. The shock and subsequent reactions to the news is not something one who hasn't experienced will know what it's like. I'm …
Quick Tip by . January 22, 2012
Truly a lovely movie. Thomas Horn, the child who is in pretty much every scene, is a wonder, especially given the fact that he has never acted before. His face fills the screen for so much of the story, and he does an amazing job with the range of emotions he had to play. I was VERY happy to discover that the film was not made to me manipulatively weepy, as so many can be. I was also happy to see that there was almost no footage of 9/11 in the movie. The director uses the actors to express the gravitas, …
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