Monday, October 10, 2011

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: The Scorecard Review: "A potentially moving story"!!!


This is a review of the trailer (yes! they do that!) for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close from TSR, The Scorecard Review. 

It was written without the reviewer having read the book!!! I think it's hilarious that TSR can hypothesize about the film saying "I got goose bumps at a couple points and won't be surprised if the film leaves a lot of audiences in tears" as well as to say it is a "Potentially moving story". Really? Ya think? This film is based on one of the most, if not the most heart breaking books ever written (A Thousand Splendid Suns is pretty high on the heartbreak list too). It may be too heartbreaking for audiences to sit through without watering down the absolute beauty and truth of the human pathos it deals with. BUT with a gifted writer like Eric Roth(The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Forrest Gump, The Insider and Munich)  and director like Stephen Daldry (The Hours, The Reader, Billy Elliot) I am hopeful. But yes, there will be tears. How could a film based on this book be otherwise? Here's complete review from TSR, who hopefully will compete the book soon!

"Thoughts by TSR: This film was always going to be met with cries of OSCAR BAIT! It’s true that it’s an awards play if there ever was one, and it may come across as manipulative in spots, but most of it feels genuine. I got goose bumps at a couple points and won’t be surprised if the film leaves a lot of audiences in tears.

We’re all familiar with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, but someone we had no prior performances to go off of is teen “Jeopardy!” champion Thomas Horn. He plays a boy searching post-9/11 New York City for the lockbox that fits a key his father left him. It can be dicey having a child actor leading a film, even more so when said child actor has no prior acting credits. Horn has been my biggest question mark, but luckily he looks great. It’s not surprising Daldry cast well; his first film was Billy Elliot, featuring an excellent first performance from Jamie Bell. The sequence where Horn reacts to a plane flying overhead is powerful out of context and I look forward to seeing how it plays in the film.

The rest of the cast appears equally good. Horn and Hanks share a nice moment when the boy shows his father the item he found from every decade. Seeing that relationship play out could bring about a lump in my throat. I was firmly anti-Bullock during her Oscar-winning year, but I’m happy to say she looks quite good as the boy’s mother. The biggest impression is left by Max von Sydow. Despite only being in the trailer for a few seconds – and having no dialogue – the scenes between he and Horn are the ones I’m most interested to see. He’s heartbreaking in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and could very well match that here.

Some are quick to call it cloying, but I see some great performances and a potentially moving story. I haven’t read Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, but I have a copy on my bookshelves. I have a habit of reading the source material before seeing a film and if I do I might have a better sense of what to expect from Daldry and Eric Roth’s adaptation. For now this trailer leaves me hopeful that Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close will be a high quality, touching experience."

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