I admire Stephen Daldry’s work – especially Billy Elliot and The Hours. He takes risks and adapts difficult material, like The Reader (which I actually read a few weeks ago long after seeing the film).
The preview trailer for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close turned me off a little because of the MOVIE STARS in major roles and what I thought would be the likelihood of storytelling clichés related to 9/11.
The film was a pleasant surprise. The story is unusual and creatively told. The performances are strong. The visual style compelling. Two small quibbles: the film is a little long, and the amount of narration in the first half or so of the movie is a bit overwhelming.
It’s always a gift to go to the movies and get more than is expected.