“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” What does the title mean? For me, the heart & soul of this movie is young Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn). So I believe the movie’s moniker pertains to Oskar and the events of 9/11. ‘Extremely Loud’ may be him describing huge airplanes slamming the World Trade Center. ‘Incredibly Close’ is really the best way to describe his relationship with his father, Thomas Schell(Tom Hanks).
One day, while looking through his father’s belongings, Oskar finds a key. But what secret could it uncover? Oskar & his dad were all about using deductive skills to solve most any mystery. This key just might unlock something that’ll bring him just a little bit closer to his father whom he misses so very much. And so it goes. This amazing kid, using wit & passion, searches throughout the five boroughs of New York.
The scenes are intense. My favorite parts of the movie were the flashbacks of happier times between Thomas & his son, Oskar. They were very sweet & made you feel good. The downside, those scenes are scant. The material here is very tough to watch. You’re talking about ripping off the scab of 9/11 and it is polarizing. There are people out in the world who feel, it’s good to stir up these emotions & weep about what happened to our country that awful day. I’m not one of those people.
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