Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close


So…I went to see the movie, not because I wanted to re-live 9-11; far from it.  I went to see it because if it has Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in it, it must be good. The movie was incredibly entertaining, even though it brought back sad, sad memories.  It didn’t focus so much on the act of horror on that day, even though, without a doubt, you are reminded; rather, it focused on a young boy’s journey through grief and his attempts to rationalize what happened to his beloved father, played by Tom Hanks.  You’ll fall in love with the boy, played by Thomas Horn.  He’s intelligent, funny even when he’s not trying to be, and absolutely endearing.  And what can you say about Sandra Bullock?  She’s always great, and she is this time, too, but you won’t get that right away.  If you can handle being reminded of that terrible day, you’ll be rewarded with a young kid’s life-changing performance.  He’ll never be an unknown again.  This kid’s going places.  I loved the movie..

I’ve talked to a lot of people who don’t want to see it because because they can’t bear the thought of being reminded of that horrible day. To them, I say, go.  This story isn’t written to remind you of the news reels.  Far from it.  It’s full of psychological alleyways and partially opened doors you must go through.  What is revealed warms your heart.  Go, because you’ll see some incredible acting, you’ll get a different perspective…which is always good…and there will be some plot twists you’ll truly enjoy.  I’m going to see it again, and I don’t usually do that.  This one’s worth a second…and maybe even a third look.


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