Monday, January 23, 2012
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
I dragged my husband to the movies this weekend. He's an action movie kind of guy. Rambo, Die Hard, James Bond . . . yeah, that kind. I actually enjoy those types of movies, too, but I'm a girl, and I also like movies that make me feel something other than the urge to hit someone. So, I asked my husband to take me to see "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" - - and I didn't really have to drag him like I said above - he came willingly, even though he knew that it wasn't his kind of movie. (And that's one of the reasons why I love him.) (And, I only had to wake him up once.)
Living on the west coast - - I saw the events of September 11, 2001 unfold on the television, like most of the rest of the country. I felt horror and shock and extreme sadness as I watched my TV. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close gave me another perspective - that of an emotional young boy who lost his father and is trying to make sense of things. Extremely Loud isn't about the day . . . it's about Oskar, the boy, and Oskar's journey to feel close to his father. Oskar is an incredible character - as he put it, they "tested me for Aspergers but it was inconclusive." There is so much going on inside Oskar. So many complex feelings and emotions. The actor who plays Oskar is amazing, by the way.
Oskar finds a key in his father's closet and, thinking it will bring him closer to his father, devises an intricate plan to find the lock that the key belongs to. He travels all over the five boroughs and meets an eclectic variety of people in his search. The whole time that he was walking all over New York - on his own - I wondered how his mother (Sandra Bullock) could allow him to do that . . . walk miles and miles alone (mostly alone, that is - - the Renter joined him for part of his journey). To my surprise, though, most of the people he encountered were so incredibly kind to him. And I found out towards the end of the movie how his mother could allow him to go on his search alone.
I'm not good enough with words to be able to convey how this movie made me feel. Suffice it to say that I loved it. I will see it again. It did what I wanted it to do - - it made me feel. And it made me cry. AND, I loved the ending. (Three things I love about seeing a movie!)
I highly highly highly recommend this movie!
P.S. I thought of Daryl throughout this movie - - I know I saw some of her photo subjects!!