Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

20 Feb

‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’ is up for 2 Academy Awards: Actor in a supporting role and Best Picture.

Actor in a supporting role– Max Von Sydow is up for the Oscar in this category. In this film, he played the part of ‘the renter’, a mute older man who accompanies the young Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn) on a quest to find a lock that matches a key Oskar believes was left behind by his father. I did see this movie, and I feel that Max Von Sydow added a lot to this film. He made aspects of this overall depressing and emotional movie upbeat. In my opinion, he definitely deserves this nomination, I’m just not sure if he will win the Oscar; not because of his performance, purely based on the people he is competing with in this category.

Best Picture– This is my synopsis of ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’. Thomas Schell (Tom Hanks) had always inspired his 9 year old son Oskar (Horn) to use his imagination and intelligence to solve treasure hunts, or any problems his father gave him. After his father’s passing in 9/11, Oskar finds a key in his fathers closet and is determined to find the lock it fits. He believes that his father left the key for him, and he will hold onto a piece of him by going on a quest to find the lock. He meets many people along the way who come from all walks of life as he tries to cope with his fathers passing. During this time he is very disconnected from his mother Linda (Sandra Bullock) who is trying to help Oskar cope, while coping with the loss herself. Overall it is a very well done film, and I believe it is a true reflection of what families, and New York City went through after 9/11. Saying that, it is therefore very emotional, and not the most upbeat film. It is worth a watch, and it could win Best Picture because of the outstanding portrayal Thomas Horn gives of a young boy coping with his fathers death; but it’s one of those movies you have to be in the mood for, otherwise you won’t enjoy it and take from it what the film intended.


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