Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Story: Oskar Schell connects the clues he needs to solve left by his dad who died the World Trade Center. Adapted from a bestseller of Jonathan Safran Foer.
Hanks and Horn

Review: You can say that the adaptation was done like a book. In this case, the main character, Oskar, is also the narrator of the story. There are flashbacks during the movie that is relevant as the story progresses. It is not another 9-11 story because expounds more on interpersonal aspect of the characters. The casting brings together Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, John Goodman and Max Von Sydow. for the first time.

In my opinion, these four veterans are not the main actor but Thomas Horn. It is quite an adjustment since seeing them behind the spot light for Thomas who won the role of Oskar. Thomas and Oskar shares a lot in common. Both are equally intelligent and driven. Oskar can be compared to a gifted child because he always needs a hobby to concentrate on. In real life, Thomas actually won in Jeopardy Kids Week and since he is also Croatian, he also fluent in Croatian, speaks some Spanish and is studying Mandarin for two years.

Of all the casts, Max Von Sydow shares the spot light with Thomas among others. Von Sydow had been appearing in movies after his title role as The Exorcist but this is the only movie since then that gained much attention. His performance in this movie is something to look forward to.

There are some scenes that can be dragging so if you are tired or didn't have a good night's sleep, I suggest you watch it at a convenient time so you can enjoy the story. But there are lessons to be drawn here. I don't intend to tell what are those lessons to avoid spoiling the movie but all I can say is that the key of it all maybe figurative. Extremely, Loud & Incredibly Close opens In Philippine cinemas on February 29 and is released and distributed by Warner Bros. Phils.

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