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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close has a story worth telling, but it deserves better than the treacly and pretentious treatment director Stephen Daldry gives it.
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In the end, the movie is about healing and coming to understand that some things can't be explained.
[An] intensely self-conscious movie that contrives to make the human cost and human meaning of 9/11 distant and faint.
Less a film about communication, in the end, than one with its fingers in its ears.
...the cure for Oskar's severe case of shell-shock, in Eric Roth's adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, seems artificial and contrived to me.
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is the kind of movie you want to punch in the nose.
If imagining a city where people open their doors (or don't) to a boy with a key and a ton of questions is sentimental ... then it is vitally, beautifully so.
Daldry's mawkish -- at times unbearable -- adaptation quickly renders any poignancy or audience subjectivity obsolete.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close just doesn't seen to have any point, and is sentimental and banal as well as very, very long.
This is a muzzled beast of an epic, all its sharp, strange edges blunted, its askew angles righted.
Director Stephen Daldry (The Hours, The Reader) makes magic with Eric Roth's script... [Full review in Spanish]
[Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close] sways between being emotionally manipulative and genuinely moving.
Good intentions don't always translate into great movies.
This overly sentimental drama could have been genuinely moving but gets ruined by terrible narrative choices, remaining not only infuriatingly manipulative, given its exploitative matter, but also with an extremely obnoxious protagonist that pushes our patience to the limit.
Some parts are a bit too pretentious, but especially the scenes immediately connected to the 9/11 attacks are very haunting. In the end it's about healing and accepting the cruelty and beauty of life and that message works and is portrayed really well. And the acting is top notch, if you can get over how incredibly pretentious that kid is most of the time.
Sometimes we just need the right mindset to watch some movies and this movie was incredibly moving for me!
Better than I thought it would be. I had every reason to hate it (as it stole a Best Picture nomination better suited to Drive, Harry Potter 7.2, Bridesmaids, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Warrior, or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). It didn't deserve the nomination, but it's a lot better than critics proclaim. An excellent debut from young genius turned actor Thomas Horn, in the best performance from a child actor I've seen this year. In general, I just thought this was a good coming-of-age story. It's about a kid who probably has Aspergers, and who has to learn how to comprehend the complexities of the world around him without the help of his father (this is shown through flashbacks later, where we see his father un-complicating everything). It's pretty touching that way, with a solid if melodramatic approach from skilled director Stephen Daldry. A touching portrait of an imporatant story with good acting across the board, even if it wasn't as good if it could've been.
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