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(CBS SF) – Good drama is everywhere, says Jan: “My Week With Marilyn,” “Young Adult,” “The Artist,” “50/50,” “Midnight in Paris,” and “Hugo,” to name a few.
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” however, is one that asks us to consider one of the many tragedies connected with the horrific events of 9/11.
We meet a rather obnoxious boy and his understanding father – they are close and the father is smart enough to encourage his son’s bright brain with mysteries and puzzles. Tom Hanks has a small role onscreen as the father, and when he becomes part of the 9/11 tragedy, his son, played by newcomer Thomas Horn, is front and center. Sandra Bullock turns in another fine, believable performance as the grieving mother. She, like Hanks, is not in this movie often enough.
KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl:
The film becomes a long, plodding tale of following this boy as he tries to unravel what he sees as the last mystery left by his father.
Jan appreciates the sensitivity and idea behind the movie, but the going is tough and not worthy of the subject matter. Two hats.
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