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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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Directed By
Stephen Daldry

Written By:
Eric Roth

Cast:
Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Zoe Caldwell, Paul Klementowicz, John Goodman, Max von Sydow, Stephen Henderson, Lorna Pruce, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, Hazelle Goodman, Marty Krzywonos, Jim Norton, Carmen M. Herlihy, Diane Cheng, Gregory Korostishevsky, Adrian Martinez, Brooke Bloom, Madison Arnold, Kit Flanagan, Ray Iannicelli, Malachi Weir, John Joseph Gallagher, Stephen Kunken, Chloe Elaine Scharf, Eva Kaminsky, Chris Hardwick, Lola Pashalinski


 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
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Movie Review by Shannon
July 24th, 2012

MY GRADE: B to B plus.

The story of a "special" boy who loses his endearing father (played by Tom Hanks in flashbacks) to 911 and he and his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) try to recover. There's some subtle and not so subtle archetypes being used in this tale which almost remind me of a subdued fairy tale minus "the happy happy people". It's a bit slow but picks up once we flashback to the last few calls from the father and later on when a mysterious elderly man ends up being his partner in solving the mystery.

Hard role to play by a kid (Thomas Horn) who seemed borderline autistic. I was also very impressed with the elderly man (whose character could "not" speak) role played by Max von Sydow who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor by the Academy Awards. John Goodman has a small role in this picture as Stan the Doorman.

Based on a novel of a similar title by by Jonathan Safran Foer . It was also nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards. Strangely, the Golden Globes didn't nominate it for anything.

The budget for this picture was $40M and it made a bit over $47M at the Box Office.

STORY/PLOTTING/EDITING: B to B plus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B plus to A minus; 911 FOCUSES: B to B plus; CINEMATOGRAPHY: B; WHEN WATCHED: May 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus.

BEST DIALOGUE (SPOILERS): Oskar Schell: If the sun were to explode, you wouldn't even know about it for 8 minutes because thats how long it takes for light to travel to us. Oskar Schell: For eight minutes the world would still be bright and it would still feel warm. Oskar Schell: It was a year since my dad died and I could feel my eight minutes with him... were running out.  /// Oskar Schell: I had to tell someone. I couldn't keep it a secret anymore. Oskar Schell: Can I tell you my story? The Renter: [the renter shows his hand that says 'yes' on it]  Oskar Schell: My father died at 9-11. After he died I wouldn't go into his room for a year because it was too hard and it made me want to cry. But one day, I put on heavy boots and went in his room anyway. I miss doing taekwondo with him because it always made me laugh. When I went into his closet, where his clothes and stuff were, I reached up to get his old camera. It spun around and dropped about a hundred stairs, and I broke a blue vase! Inside was a key in an envelope with black written on it and I knew that dad left something somewhere for me that the key opened and I had to find. So I take it to Walt, the locksmith. I give it to Stan, the doorman, who tells me keys can open anything. He gave me the phone book for all the five boroughs. I count there are 472 people with the last name black. There are 216 addresses. Some of the blacks live together, obviously. I calculated that if I go to 2 every Saturday plus holidays, minus my hamlet school plays, my minerals, coins, and comic convention, it's going to take me 3 years to go through all of them. But that's what I'm going to do! Go to every single person named black and find out what the key fits and see what dad needed me to find. I made the very best possible plan but using the last four digits of each phone number, I divide the people by zones. I had to tell my mother another lie, because she wouldn't understand how I need to go out and find what the key fits and help me make sense of things that don't even make sense like him being killed in the building by people that didn't even know him at all! And I see some people who don't speak English, who are hiding, one black said that she spoke to God. If she spoke to god how come she didn't tell him not to kill her son or not to let people fly planes into buildings and maybe she spoke to a different god than them! And I met a man who was a woman who a man who was a woman all at the same time and he didn't want to get hurt because he/she was scared that she/he was so different. And I still wonder if she/he ever beat up himself, but what does it matter?  Thomas Schell: What would this place be if everyone had the same haircut?  Oskar Schell: And I see Mr. Black who hasn't heard a sound in 24 years which I can understand because I miss dad's voice that much. Like when he would say, "are you up yet?" or...  Thomas Schell: Let's go do something.  Oskar Schell: And I see the twin brothers who paint together and there's a shed that has to be clue, but it's just a shed! Another black drew the same drawing of the same person over and over and over again! Forest black, the doorman, was a school teacher in Russia but now says his brain is dying! Seamus black who has a coin collection, but doesn't have enough money to eat everyday! You see olive black was a gate guard but didn't have the key to it which makes him feel like he's looking at a brick wall. And I feel like I'm looking at a brick wall because I tried the key in 148 different places, but the key didn't fit. And open anything it hasn't that dad needed me to find so I know that without him everything is going to be alright.  Thomas Schell: Let's leave it there then.  Oskar Schell: And I still feel scared every time I go into a strange place. I'm so scared I have to hold myself around my waist or I think I'll just break all apart! But I never forget what I heard him tell mom about the sixth borough. That if things were easy to find...  Thomas Schell: ...they wouldn't be worth finding.  Oskar Schell: And I'm so scared every time I leave home. Every time I hear a door open. And I don't know a single thing that I didn't know when I started! It's these times I miss my dad more than ever even if this whole thing is to stop missing him at all! It hurts too much. Sometimes I'm afraid I'll do something very bad. ///Linda Schell: It's never gonna make sense because it doesn't! 

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