Saturday, April 7, 2012

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Today I went on my own to the movies. And when I get there I was running late by ten minutes.
I asked at the ticket counter if there were shorts first or did the movie start right at the beginning hoping I hadn't missed the start.
Well they said they were running late and it hadn't even started yet. What a pleasant surprise. Then I heard the lady tell the projectionist he could run the movie. I was told to go straight in and it would start shortly.
So buying a nut and chocolate dipped vanilla ice cream cone I headed in to find a seat.
Well I was the only one so I sat at the back in the middle and put my feet up on the seat in front!!!

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close 

I had read this book a couple of years ago and was quite intrigued to see how close to the book the movie was going to be. The novel  was written by Jonathan Safran Foer and certainly left a mark on me as too did the movie. I will try and buy to add to my collection of good movies, books.

Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close", by Jonathan Safran Foer, is the story that unfolds from inside the mind of one young boy and the journey from heart breaking loss to the healing power of self-discovery, set against the backdrop of the tragic events of September 11. Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an exceptional child: amateur inventor, Francophile, pacifist. And after finding a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, he embarks on an exceptional journey--an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. As Oskar roams the city, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity, who are all survivors in their own ways. Ultimately, Oskar's journey ends where it began, but with the solace of that most human experience: love.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is narrated by young Oskar Schell (newcomer Thomas Horn), a precocious boy who is trying to cope with the loss of his father and whose thirst for exploring and learning about the world is encouraged by his kindly father, a jeweler, Thomas (Tom Hanks). Thomas was at a meeting on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center in New York City on the tragic day of September 11, 2001 when the twin towers collapse, leaving his son and wife (Sandra Bullock) emotionally-shattered and unable to connect with one another.

Oskar hears his father's final answer machine messages, left on that fateful day, which he conceals from his mother. A year later, on what Oskar calls "The Worst Day," he discovers a key in his father's belongings and, as he used to do with his father, sets out on a quest to find the lock that matches the key embarking on a scavenger hunt to find the matching lock. He is determined to keep his vital connection to the man who playfully cajoled him into confronting his wildest fears. The journey crosses the five New York boroughs and is not only one that leads him to encounter many a lost soul in New York City, but one which could possibly provide some closure for Oskar and his grieving mother. He encounters an eclectic assortment of people along the way and he begins to uncover unseen links to the father he misses, to the mother who seems so far away from him and to the whole noisy, dangerous, discombobulating world around him, documenting his journey in a scrapbook. 

1 comment :

  1. Sounds fabulous, sounds like some tears might leak out while following along the journey. How strange being the only one there, like a private viewing :-)