Thursday, January 22

Movie Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Length: 2 hours & 9 mins
Released: 2012
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13
Where I Got It: Netflix

Oskar is convinced that his father, who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can't be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father's closet. His journey through the five boroughs takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him.


This movie was my first movie about 9/11. I remember watching the towers crumbling down and no matter how much time passes by, it still makes me tear up. I honestly lost my innocence about the world that day. How could people hurt and kill innocent people like that? The world is a cruel place and I learned it that day. I was a little bit younger then Oskar was, so I can relate to the confusion. Sadly, though, he lost his Dad. He is tortured by the voicemails left by his father on the voicemachine (he stole it and listens to it everyday). He then finds a key and to help remove his grief and guilt of not picking up the phone, he begins an adventure to find what the key opens.

Along the way he comes across many different people who aid him on his adventure. Not only do they help him, but he helps so many people along the way. It was really touching even tho even was a bitter little boy. He seriously needed to take care of that potty-mouth of his. I get that he is acting out a lot (he lost his dad and his mother became disconnected), but still. I partially blame the mother. She was so lost in her own grief, that she pretty much ignored Oskar and became disconnected with the world. I totally get that she lost the love of her life, but you have a child that needs you. She does make it up near the end, but I cannot say why or how, but it made me smile. 

I really liked this movie, but I am having a hard time getting myself to read the book. It is sad. I heard and read that the book is sad and has more details (which is common in books). The book is waaaay better, I have heard, so someday I plan on reading this. This movie was the first piece of entertainment that I have experienced that is about 9/11. I've avoided it for many reasons....but the main one is that I know I will cry. Especially when they have scenes/parts where the family member actually calls their loved ones to say goodbye. That *sniffs* always gets to me. 

I totally recommend this movie if you don't mind feeling feelings. It really does touch the soul, especially those who were alive (and can actually remember) 9/11 happening. Soo tragic. This movie isn't "about 9/11", but around a boy who lost his father and is trying to hold onto him and get over his grief. It's really good. The boy has an attitude problem and a swearing problem, but that is common with boys that age, who have experienced a horrible life event. Out of five stars, I stamp this one with....5. It's more like 4.5, but I rounded. 

Favorite Character(s): The Dad (but I may be biased, bc I adore Tom Hanks), Oskar, & the grandmother
Not-so Favorite Character(s): The mother (she makes up for it later in the film, but still....)
Re-watch?: Yeah, I prolly would


Blodeuedd said...

I rally do not know

Melliane said...

It sounds interesting but it's the first time I hear about this one I confess.

Anachronist said...

I would like to watch it (and I have no problem with 'feeling feelings'). 9/11 was a horrible, horrible tragedy I'll never forget. Beacuse of it I watched Zero Dark Thirty and loved every minute of it (it is about hunting down and killin bin Laden). Have you watched it, Carole? If not then I recommend it to you :).

Carole Rae said...

B, you never knooooow. ;)

Melliane, :)

Ana, no I haven't! I'll have to watch it now. Thanks!