Sometimes even when the ingredients are all perfect, movies fail to taste as they should. For me ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ ended up to be something like that. It has endearing Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. It has a highly emotional core where a son loses his father in the 9/11 attacks.
The kid named Oskar has a very complicated way of dealing with his grief that weaves the entire movie. He goes around entire New York trying to find the lock of the key that he thinks his father has left behind for him as a clue to some game. He has some wonderful and some very annoying scenes with a very predictable story. It has its moments but the movie somehow even with some very powerful emotional scenes feels contrived and artificial.
‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ is nominated for two Oscars. It is highly unlikely to win in the Best Film category with other eight very unique movies.
However, the best Supporting Actor nomination for Max von Sydow playing the grandpa is well deserved (though Christopher Plummer is almost supposed to be a sure thing for this category).
Film awards have definitely lost the zing they used to have. But somehow An Oscar nomination still makes me at least respect a movie for some reason simply for the old times’ sake. That same respect took us to the theater to watch ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’. Wish we had waited for the DVD.