extremely loud and incredibly close. did you like it? yes. no………… yes!


it was only when the credits rolled that i saw for certain that this was a daldry movie, the lead, thomas horn, is quite like jamie bell, and his movements similarly choreographed to those in billy elliot, which gave it away. i do hope they do not make a musical out of this one. thomas captured the total sense of being adrift in a confusing unjust world so familiar to me from my childhood, especially in the direction of the scenes where aspergers takes over in a physical and vocal release, or in it’s silent withdrawal. max von sydow‘s mute, slow and damaged, long lost grand-dad, in contrast to the noise and brittle drive of the aspergic boy is fabulous, almost like a ghost of christmas yet to come. loved it.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extremely_Loud_and_Incredibly_Close by Jonathan Safran Foerextremely-loud-incredibly-close

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: why do so many people hate it?

‘Tacky’, ‘mawkish’, ‘offensive’, ‘bizarre’: just what is it about Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel that has provoked such negativity?


have asperger, loved the film.
as a child in 70’s wales, there was no aspergers, just awkward children (and mothers).
being able to watch the portrayal, even if sometimes uncomfortably, of a child like i had been, rather than the crew of the famous five or of other cutsey kids is refreshing. i think such characters may help others who grew up in a period before ‘types’ were given identities, to come to terms with the things that set them apart as a child.
asperger like states, often drive one to question volubly when others fear to speak due to convention etc, so using a child with a recognised character type to fly in the face of accepted behaviour, may encourage those with more sheep like behaviour to question rational .