Plot of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – The story is about a young boy Oskar (Thomas Horn) comes to terms with his father’s death in the 9/11 tragedy and conquering his fear. After coming across a key that belong to his dad, the boy sets out on a mission to find the meaning of the strange-looking key which he found inside the blue vase, inside his dad’s closet. This journey makes Oskar meet many people from different streams of society in New York and learn about their stories of survival. He also meets his grandfather during this tryst. The sensitive, curious and intelligent child meets friend, relatives and strangers, each of them giving a slice of their life’s experiences to him. The boy apparently had fear of falling and his dad Thomas (Tom Hanks) would encourage him to swing at the Central Park. Though the boy overcome his fear, little did he know that his father would have a great fall to death from the tall World Trade Center on the fateful day. It is an inspiring story of meeting people and learning from experiences of people.
Release dates – The film released in the United States on December 25, 200 and had a wide-release on January 20, 2012. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close releases in the UK on 17th February, 2012.
Reception – The reception to the movie has been good, with several critics praising the movie for its drama content. There are some who are of the opinion that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is exploitative cinema, which believes in emotional blackmail and makes a cheap attempt for the Oscars. Nevertheless, the movie has been nominated for two Academy Awards – Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Max von Sydow, who plays the grandfather in the help.
The casting of the movie has an interesting anecdote to it. Though Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock were confirmed for the film from the beginning itself, a nationwide hunt was launched for a child actor who could suit the role of Oskar Schell, who is the protagonist of the film. Finally, the makers roped in Thomas Horn, who had won $30,000 on the 2010 Jeopardy! Kids Week
The movie took shape in the course of the past five years, when director Stephen Daldry and producer Scott Rudin were toying with the idea of making a film based on the novel. They hired Eric Roth to work on the script. The movie has been produced by Paramount Pictures along with Warner Bros as the main studio.