Blu-ray Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Warner Bros.)

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Blu-ray

“Extremely Tragic and Incredibly Sad” is more like it. If you can’t handle recalling the emotional pummeling we all endured on Sept. 11, 2001, keep incredibly distant from this extremely sincere yet manipulative drama that tells the tale of a boy dealing with his father’s death on that tragic day. While Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock topline the credits, the movie’s really all about the kid, played by Jeopardy! Kids Week winner Thomas Horn. Hanks plays his dad—mostly in flashbacks—while Bullock is his heartbroken mom, who doesn’t get all that much screen time either. The film is about Oskar’s (Horn) search for the truth about a key he finds in his dad’s closet. Along the way, he meets lots of nice people, including Max Von Sydow (deservedly nominated for an Oscar for this role) as “The Renter,” a non-speaking neighbor who joins him on his journey and communicates only through written notes and the words “Yes” and “No” on his hands. Understandably, Oskar’s a pretty neurotic kid, and first-time actor Horn does a good job holding his own with the film’s impressive cast. The resolution of the story (based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel) is about as satisfying as it could be, and there is a redemptive spirit to the gloomy feel that pervades most of the film. Extremely Loud is well-directed by Stephen Daldry, who keeps the pace snappy and the imagery bright (lots of beautiful shots in New York’s Central Park), but be prepared for a good cry. The sharply rendered Blu-ray includes some decent (if self-congratulatory) bonus features on the cast, creators and making of the film.

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