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.




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