Monday, January 9, 2012

Movie Monday: "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

I love books (clearly) and I love movies, so I thought it would be fun to feature more book-to-movie info on Steph's Stacks. Feel free to participate if you are moved to do so. The more the merrier!

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (based on Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 novel) is a movie that (according to early reviews) will either touch your heart or make you wish it were better.

I believe one of the reasons the reviews are so mixed is because of the movie's subject matter: the 9/11 attacks are a sensitive topic for most Americans and one we demand be handled well. Foer's novel was amazing and I, for one, will be in line to see this film on that basis alone (plus Sandra and Tom). FYI: I'm packing mucho hankies...

A little Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close movie trivia for you: the main character of Oskar is played by newcomer, Thomas Horn, who was dicovered after an appearance on Jeopardy!. Sometimes it pays to be a smarty-pants!

The Book: (Goodreads)

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

Two words about this book: pretty amazing. Make sure you are in the right frame of mind for this one because it's a bona-fide tear-jerker in the best of ways.

Movie Info: Release Date (1/20/12)

Director: Stephen Daldry

Writers: Eric Roth (screenplay), Jonathan Safran Foer (novel)

Stars: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock


Well, that's all for this week. Next week:

One for the Money with Katherine Heigl and Jason O'Mara

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