Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)

Sometimes memories fade away from us, and we try to bring them up again and again, only not to get the effect we were looking for. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, is unfortunately one of those films. Based on the novel by Jonathon Foer, we follow Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn) on his journey to discover the mystery that his father had “left for him”.

So I emphasise the “left for him” because this film goes on for ages how it was left for him, and then it turns out it wasn’t. Now it’s not that films (or the book) couldn’t have a twist ending, but don’t put so much emphasis on it if you’ve made it overly baring that THIS IS THE TWIST.

There were some confusing scenes, which play out realistically but I assume –because of the condition Oskar is in- that he is treated that way. But in a film one [an audience] isn’t meant to assume, or imply unless its one of those “make your own ending” films. But this was smash bang in the middle (and I wouldn’t have minded if it ended then).

So Oskar’s mother, Linda Schell (played wonderfully by Sandra Bullock) is trying her son after she arrives home from work, immediately going into his room. We cut to Oskar in a cupboard above a wardrobe (a) with a light on, and (b) playing answering machine messages. She then proceeds to look elsewhere. Now I’m no expert in light and answering machines but you’d see it, or hear it. But the scene is played out as if she cannot find him, rather than she is giving him space.

There is the notion of letting grow independently, yet so much of the visual –which cinema is based on– is left out and are left confused.

The memory that I opened the review with is 9/11, a tragic event, but a cheap motive for a film. We were presented Fahrenheit 911 and World Trade Center and they were just, but this took a book idea turned it into a film, and wrote an essay with it.

We go to a cinema to watch not listen and read.

I’m sure the novel is great and worth the read, personally I’m a The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time reader because it didn’t need a global event to read an audience, while still exploring the difficulty to a person with and of Asperger’s syndrome.

Check it out on DVD or BluRay if you have time, but just another poorly executed story churned out for money.