Flash Movie Review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

I have to say a more apt title would have been, “Extremely Long & Incredibly Annoying.” The main character Oskar Schell, played by Thomas Horn (Jeopardy-TV), was so annoying, it was a distraction for me. I would be curious if the young boy was just as irritating in the book. The story revolved around 9 year old Oskar ‘s search through New York City, for a lock that matched a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. With a lack of drama and decent script, the searching for this lock became boring for me. Interspersed throughout the movie were flashbacks of Oskar interacting with his Dad, played by Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, The Green Mile). For me, the writers tried to do their best to manipulate us into feeling emotions for these lifeless characters. On some level I think the story, in the hands of better writers and director, could have been an interesting tale of perseverance after tragedy.

 

1 2/3 stars

 

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 29, 2012, in Drama and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Sounds like a RedBox Rental Movie. Thanks for saving me the full price tickets for me and my family.

  2. Thanks for saving me $10! I knew the critics weren’t in love with this film, but there was the Oscar nod for Best Picture and the book was great. BTW, I loved the opening line of your review. 🙂

  3. I totally agree with you. After 10 minutes of it I left the theater to see the Decendents again.

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