On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, my family watched Lifetime’s minute-by-minute broadcast of the attacks, featuring footage from ten years ago. It was grim and sad; we just sat quietly for two hours and cried. Not to sound glib, but after watching the first trailer for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, I have no doubt the movie will be just as heartrending.
The movie stars Thomas Horn as Oskar, a precocious kid (there are theories that he’s an autistic savant) who loves to go hunting around New York City for treasures with his father, played by Tom Hanks. But after his dad dies in the 9/11 attacks, Oskar discovers a strange key and becomes obsessed with finding its lock, believing his dad has left him one last message. Sandra Bullock plays his grieving mom, and New York plays New York; thankfully, they shot most of the movie in the city for authenticity.
I’m going to actually read Jonathan Safran Foer‘s novel first, so I’m sure I’ll be crying over that in about a week. But it’s equally likely that I’ll be sobbing in the theater, if they decide to keep the U2 music that accompanies the trailer.