Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Posted on January 23, 2012


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close- Right away you know this skinny little nerdy-like kid (Thomas Horn) is very smart.  You can almost see him thinking the odd thoughts that he thinks.  He and his dad (Tom Hanks) play mind games together, dad even reads Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History in Time” to him. When dad is killed on 9/11, Oskar (who names a kid that, anyway?) tries to make sense of it all and when he finds a key, he thinks that will lead him to an answer.  BTW, Oskar may or may not have Asperger’s Syndrome.

  One of the clues he finds is in an article that his dad highlighted:   we “will notstop looking.”  Why not stop was written as one word, as if it were nonstop, I don’t know.  He goes on a journey with a non-speaking renter (Max von Sydow), who lives across the way with his grandmother, to find what the key opens. 

 The kid really is an amazing actor and it’s his first role ever.  He was a winner on Teen Jeopardy which goes to show brains are where it’s at.  Other participants include Sandra Bullock as Oskar’s mother; John Goodman as the doorman and Viola Davis (that woman is such a good actress) as one of the people whose lives are touched by Oskar.

I think the title came about because of Asperger symptoms rather than what I experience when I go into a grocery store these days.

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