Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Reviews
I saw this on the train back from kalgoorlie to east perth and it was boring.
I was bored watching it.
After reading the book for a class, and watching the film again, I love it even more. There are some major differences between the film and the novel. And without giving it all away, I will say that the changes make sense as they probably saved time for a film that is already 2 hours long as it is. But I think the changes also make the story emotional in a different way from the novel, as there is a stronger family connection after the changes are made.
Whether or not you've read the book, or care about the changes, I think it's a worthwhile film. It tells a story about a young, awkward boy dealing with grief in a big way. It's something a lot of people went through after the attacks on September 11th, so most people can relate to it on some level. But there's also another side to it-- the story of two people who, because of the traumatic experiences they've had, are broken. And they embark on a journey together, teaching each other how to heal, to communicate, and to develop a healthy relationship with one another. Beautiful story, beautifully written in the novel and screenplay, and beautifully performed. Loved it!
During Oskar's journey, we are introduced to his mother, grandmother and estranged grandfather who all do what they can to support him on his journey. Oskar works to overcome his fear of public transportation, crowds, loud noises, and airplanes (to name a few) while visiting every person with the name Black in the five boroughs of New York. In the end, the key was meant for another person which superficially may seem like a let down for the audience.
It is the journey, however, that is the important part of the movie. It is about a young boy who doesn't give up and continues to work hard to be the person that he and his father wanted him to be. It's about grief and love and loss and most importantly, hope.