Sunday, August 4, 2013

Now at Netflix Instant: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) - Directed by Stephen Daldry; Written by Eric Roth; Starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Max Von Skydow, Jeffrey Wright, John Goodman, Viola Davis.

By Kenny Howell

Extremely loud is very appropriate.

If you want to see a movie about a kid who may or may not have Asperger's scream at you for nearly two hours, then Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is the movie for you.

Stephen Daldry's movies have always been busy, often filled with Philip Glass score, or another great composer. This one has Alexandre Desplat, but while the movie does have those Daldry-esque moments that are filled with score, this movie is filled with the main character, Oskar, a 9-year-old who lost his father in 9/11, being loud, overbearing, and hard to get behind on his search. I understand the young man has some sort of disorder in the film, but the way the movie plays him, it is way overdone, and makes it hard to care for him. Maybe if the movie took the time to describe his disorder a little more in depth, so we could understand where he was coming from when he was upset, or being rude to people in which he has interactions, it would have been easier to settle into the movie.

Before he died, his father played by Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) sent him out on an adventure to find proof of a former sixth borough of New York City. After he dies in the World Trade Center towers, Oskar finds a key. He takes the clues he knows, and spends the movie trying to find where the key goes, and why his father wanted him to find it.

Since the movie is adapted from a novel, it is filled with eccentric characters. So much so, that it feels like this world could only exist in a novel. On screen it doesn't have the same effect, it just seems like they are trying to hard to be unique.

I think this movie was nominated for Best Picture just based on the description itself. 9/11 and a main character dealing with a disorder is awards bait. But the movie itself is a mess, and pretty disappointing since I have been a big fan of Daldry's previous work.

The film is based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is now streaming on Netflix Instant.

Rating: *1/2

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