EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE (2011 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Starsìììì
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is intellectually perfect. Thomas Horn gives the audience perhaps one of the best child performances ever recorded on film. He plays Oskar Schell, a young boy with Asperger Syndrome symptoms, with a portrayal and interpretation of character that is flawless. Thomas Horn’s performance is supported by Tom Hanks, Max Van Sydow (Emigrants (1971)), Sandra Bullock, and Zoe Caldwell. Director Stephen Daldry outdid himself, showing remarkable understanding of how this story should proceed. He takes the audience to an uncompromising place that refuses to soften reality with fictional overtones.  

Storyline

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn), a boy with symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome, endeavors to make sense of his father’s September 11 death through a detailed search for the owner of a key he has found in his father’s closet.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Stephen Daldry for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Celia D. Costas, Mark Roybal, and Nora Skinner for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Thomas Schell (Tom Hanks), Linda Schell (Sandra Bullock), Oskar’s Grandmother (Zoe Caldwell), Minister (Dennis Hearn), Homeless Man (Paul Klementowicz), Deli Waiter (Julian Tepper), Schoolboy (Caleb Reynolds), Stan the Doorman (John Goodman), The Renter (Max von Sydow), Walt the Locksmith (Stephen Henderson), Locksmith Customer (Lorna Pruce), and Abby Black (Viola Davis).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It is a must see, extremely well done, mind expanding film.

Ben Meyers

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