Saturday, January 21, 2012

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Oskar Schell is not one of those prototypical precocious Hollywood brats whose simple wisdom teaches adults how to smooth out they're messy lives.
You can thank the Lord for that.
Oskar is as idiosyncratic as they come, a tangle of fears and confusions, obsessions and compulsions. He can't leave home without his juice container and a tambourine to soothe his jangled nerves.
He's also smart, eager and experiences the world in his uniquely fascinating way.
Watching him weave through life is what makes this film a joy, and that's in large part due to the brilliant performance by young Thomas Horn.
Now, the bad part.
Oskar's dad was in the Twin Towers on 9/11 and the boy is pretty sure he was one of those people floating through the sky after the terrorists' planes blew a whole through so many hearts.
The movie recounts Oskar's journey after his father's death.
"Extremely...Incredibly" is based on a 2005 book by Jonathan Safran Foer and the Movie Slut can't speak about that. But she wishes the movie wasn't a fictionalized account of the aftermath of that horrendous day. The tragedy is all too real, the thousands of true stories all too agonizing. Maybe, ten year later, it's still too soon.
Oskar's story is intense and moving. Still, it doesn't feel quite right when it's attached to that infamous event.

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