» Rants: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Nathan Schwartz

|    Friday, January 27, 2012

  • Director: Stephen Daldry
  • Producer: Scott Rudin
  • Writer: Screenplay: Eric Roth – Book: Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Starring: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman
  • Distributor: Warner Bros.
  • Running Time: 129 min
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama

The fact that the movie cheaply used 9/11 as an emotional column in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is not the most unnerving aspect of the film, as much as I thought it would be. No, in actuality there were several facets that bothered me more. First, it jumped back and forth through time on multiple occasions, which encumbered the flow of the film. Moreover, there were points where it took me a few moments to align myself with where the movie was in said timeline.

Worse than that, though, was the constant narration. I could’ve easily shut my eyes and understood much of the movie just by listening to the kid’s voice. But that still didn’t irk me as much as the amount of emotion they pumped into it. There were very few juxtaposing scenes, it just advanced from emotionally supercharged scene to emotionally supercharged scene. It was as though the film was constantly punching me in the tear ducts. It was just sadness for its own sake!

However, as much as I didn’t like this film for all the above reasons, I did cry a hell of a lot. Which must mean it did something right, no?


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