Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close opens with a scene of a man clearly falling through the air and my stomach lurched. The question is whether or not this is too soon. It’s a movie based on the novel that deals with an 11-year old Oskar Shell, who’s a really precocious, bright but neurotic New York kid who discovers a key in his father’s belongings; his father having been killed during the World Trade Center bombing. It stars Tom Hanks as the dad, completely uncharismatic, Sandra Bullock as the mom, who for the first half of the movie you just want to slap, But, fortunately, it also stars Thomas Horn who is an extraordinary kid who will very likely be nominated and may very likely win the best actor nomination at 12 years old. He’s just extraordinary. It also stars Zoe Caldwell in kind of a minor role, but most importantly it stars Max Von Sydow, the terrific Swedish actor who was a muse, to a certain extent, of Ingmar Bergman, who plays a mysterious man who never talks. This is a hard Christmas movie, but the kid is so extraordinary, and to a certain extent I suppose it’s a movie about hope, second chances, love and loss. I’ll give it four stars.