Few films have more award-winning talent than"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."
But they tackle a tough assignment in their new film centering on the9/11attack. The overwhelming tragedy is presented through the life of a boy whose father is killed in the twin towers.
His relationship with his loving father (Tom Hanks) is presented in many great flashbacks. The boy discovers a note and a key in his dead father's closet. This leads to an enigmatic search for answers. Max Von Sydow is excellent as a mysterious stranger who helps the boy find meaning in the loss of his dad.
The search creates many emotional moments. Some are joyous, but many more are tearful and had my audience pulling out hankies and sniffling several times. Parts of this story may seem contrived, but it's life-affirming and the emotions it stirs are very, very real.
The Academy Award race is on!
Curious about the just-announced Oscar-nominated films or performances? Here's my "must-see" list of movies to check out before the awards are handed out Feb. 26:
"The Artist"— Its glamour and charm are like a breath of fresh air. You'll be smiling so much, you'll forget in the first five minutes that it's a silent movie.
"A Better Life"— Another fine father-son film, Mexican actor Demián Bechir gets a well-deserved nod for his performance as a day laborer.
"Bridesmaids"— Because women can be flawed, flatulent — and funny.
JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.
SUSANNE PEREZ lives in Costa Mesa and is an executive assistant for a company in Irvine.