Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

So, this was the final film that I needed to see on my list of Best Picture nominees. It has the lowest percentage on Rotten Tomatoes out of all the Best Picture nominees. I thought it was actually pretty decent. A lot of people think that it is exploiting 9/11 and that it tries to provide catharsis when it should not but I do not feel that way. It did not seem lie anybody complained about this when the best selling book came out. I skimmed through some of the book and it seems to be a pretty faithful adaptation. The new young actor, Thomas Horn, I must admit gets very annoying and irritating. His character just tended to bother me after awhile. I can not blame this on Horn however, I feel like he does a good job. His character is just a bit of a pain. The film could be accused of trying too hard and maybe it does but it got to me at points. This is mainly because of the fantastic supporting cast. Viola Davis, Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, John Goodman, and especially Max von Sydow do a fantastic job. I had a few tears drip from my eyes at one point in the movie. It is an interesting story that is saved by its actors. Sydow deserves the nomination he has received. I guess this movie is not for everyone but I like the director Stephen Daldry even though this film does not display any of his talent. This movie earns its stars for great performances and the story written by Jonathan Safran Foer. When I say the story I mean the book, not the screenplay. If you are watching all of the Academy Award nominees do not pass this up. It is not a bad as everyone is making it out to be.

4 out of 5 Stars

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