By: Adam Rolseth
Hey there SWRNN readers! Today I’ll be reviewing the new film “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”
This movie follows the story of a nine-year-old boy who searches New York City for a lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
The film stars Academy Award winners Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Max von Sydow and Thomas Horn in the lead role.
The acting in this film was very good, especially from young Thomas Horn. The best performance in the film by far was Max von Sydow, however, who should (but probably won’t) get an Oscar nomination for his performance.
This film, as you may have guessed, is very emotional. It deals with a very touchy subject and it deals with it well. I’m not going to lie when I say that I cried a little bit in this film, and that’s a lot coming from a guy who rarely cries during movies. However, if you knew or lost someone in the Sept. 11 attacks, you might want to skip out on this one.
The film is called “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” because the director uses a lot of close ups of the main character screaming or crying throughout the film. I found this to work quite well, and gave the film a kind of art-house feel to it.
The cinematography and camerawork in this film is right on. Every shot is crisp and perfect looking, so this will definitely be a Blu-Ray pick up for me in the near future.
The script in this film was very well written. I haven’t read the book from which this film is based upon, but after seeing it, I want to go out and buy a copy. This film is a breath of fresh air from most garbage that movie studios put out nowadays.
Some critics are dubbing this film as “Extremely Pretentious and Incredibly Boring.” I completely disagree. This is a very well done film, and although it does have a few flaws, I give “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” a 4.3 out of 5.
Adam Roselth is a high school student and freelance movie reviewer.