A must-see movie

posted Nov 30, 2015, 2:09 PM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Nov 30, 2015, 2:10 PM ]

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

I just finished watching this movie and felt compelled to write something about it. The movie, directed by Stephen Daldry, stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn. There are also several other notable actors including Max Von Sydow who is brilliant. The screenplay is based upon the book by the same name that was written by Jonathan Safran Foer. Side note: I plan to read the book.

The studio provides the following explanation:  Oskar (Thomas Horn), who lost his father (Tom Hanks) in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, is convinced that his dad left a final message for him somewhere in the city. Upon finding a mysterious key in his father's closet, Oskar sets out in search of the lock it fits. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by a tirelessly active mind, Oskar has a journey of discovery that takes him beyond his loss and leads to a greater understanding of the world. Please forgive me, but I feel the explanation above tells you too much, already. To say anything more would spoil the story because it must unfold piece by piece to have it make sense in the end.

Daldry did a wonderful job of directing a story with hundreds of pieces to a puzzle in which only a few of them are clues. The boy, played by Thomas Horn, is believable in so many ways. Lost, confused, driven, fanatical, searching, needy, and so much more.

I explained the movie to my wife as incredibly sad, yet beautifully uplifting. She doesn’t like sad movies. I tried to reassure her that the end was “beautifully uplifting,” so it needs to be seen.

If you have an opportunity, give it a chance. I hope it moves you like it did me.