Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

by M. Polier

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE/ PARAMOUNT PICTURES

U.S. Release Date: December 25, 2011

DIRECTOR: STEPHEN DALDRY

STARRING: TOM HANKS, SANDRA BULLOCK, THOMAS HORN

PROS

  • Don’t listen to the criticism.  This movie is well written, is very moving and has something to say.

  • The acting is superb.  Thomas Horn is wonderfully cast and Max Von Sydow steals the show.  Borderline autism is interesting because smart characters are interesting, and Grandpa’s silent role speaks volumes.

  • You leave the dark theater with light in your heart, interested in all the stories and people of 9/11 and beyond.  Our 2 pm matinee audience burst into applause at the credits.

CONS

  • What were they thinking with that title… We possess stories with our ears… It is hard to overcome a terrible title.
  • What were they thinking with that movie poster… we eat with our eyes.  Thomas Horn is so much cuter and his character  intelligently struggles with his predicament.  He does not look at all like the weird kid in the poster covering up his face with his hands…

  • What were they thinking with this release date???  This movie is getting buried by the competition when it is such a worthy and wonderful film experience.

FINAL VERDICT: Bad title and poster aside, they can’t kill a winner.  Process 9/11 along with Scott Rudin and team and feel the sweet pain along with this imaginary family.  You will be amazed at your capacity to empathize with each character and  how close you feel to the events of that day  and to the shared pain of the family of man throughout the decades of human history…

QUICK QUOTE!

Oskar: “I found something from every decade of the 20th century.” (He places a rock on the table.)

Thomas: (Erupting with laughter) “You ROCK!”

DAVE SAID, “That was a surprise!”



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