When the lovely Warner Bros got in touch with me to see if I would like to review their new release Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, I was a bit apprehensive. Not because it didn’t look like a good film but anything that contains something to do with September 11th makes me a little sad.
Once the kids had gone to bed myself and my other half settled down to watch the movie. Having only seen the trailer a few times I really wanted to see how the story unfolds.
Adapted from the acclaimed bestseller by Jonathan Safran, the story evolves around Oskar Schell, an 11 year boy from New York, whose father (Tom Hanks) tragically died in the Twin Tower attacks. He & his father have this amazing relationship where they share the same sense of adventure & mystery so poor Oskar’s life is torn apart by his father’s death.
Oskar is played by Thomas Horn an unknown actor playing in his first ever movie, which I was astounded to read as he is quiet simply amazing in this movie. The scenes with his mother (Sandra Bullock) are highly charged with emotion yet still beautifully done.
As the story unfolds Oskar finds a key that his father had hidden in a vase, feeling that this is his last chance to be close to his dad he goes off on an adventure across New York to find what the key belongs to. Meeting some very interesting people on the way. I won’t tell you what happens or who he meets as that would spoil the story!
I loved this film, I admit, it was an emotional one to watch. I was almost in tears the whole way through & I thought the cast did an amazing job of approaching the Twin Tower attacks with a great deal of respect. This movie is a must watch!
This is out now to purchase on DVD & Blueray