Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)

Filed under : drama, review

When I first saw the trailer to this film, I had mixed feelings about it – it seemed like a very sentimental film especially since it revolved around the topic of 9/11. Though, my curiosity got the better of me as I heard many good reviews about it. So, I decided to check it out.

To my surprise, Tom Hanks (who played Thomas Schell) was hardly in the film. Though the story revolved around him and his relationship with his son, Oskar (played by Thomas Horn), his presence was very minimal to say the least. And, Sandra Bullock who played Oskar’s mother, Linda Schell, surprised me as well – her character really came out and took a turning point near the end.

(Note: For those who saw the movie, there were some unanswered questions about Bullock’s character while watching the film. Though, I was pleased to see it all come together towards the end).

This movie is very subtle yet sentimental. And, to my surprise – it was not as predictable as I thought it would be. There were many moments in the film that I thought the movie would go in a certain direction only to find out it went a different way which surprised and intrigued me at the same time.

Though, I was a bit disappointed to see the main storyline take a different turn than what I expected – it really built up my curiosity for the search at hand. I do have to admit, finding out the real story behind the treasure Oskar had found was a bit of a let down. However, I guess that may have been the point of the movie – it’s the journey that counts and where we find adventure by creating our own stories.

(Note: For those who have seen the movie, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I did see the take on this theme but somehow I kind of wished the search led to something more concrete).

Regarding the storyline, I think this film had a lot of themes and presented many sentimental issues towards the past, the present, and the future. It was kind of put together in pieces and memories came up in different parts of the movie which kept me interested wanting to watch more. In the end, it did all come together.

Overall, I think this movie was ok. There were parts that were interesting and sparked my curiosity. Though, I felt the end just did not leave me satisfied – it was not what I expected even if the message of the film was subtle. Personally, I would have liked to see a stronger ending with more concrete and definite closure – it could have been stronger.

If you enjoy drama and sentimental type of films, you may want to check this one out. Though I will say, it may not be the greatest film but it does have its moments.

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