‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’ Trailer: Hope, Tears, & Oscar Clips

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:34 pm,

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Awards season is upon us and few movies are being more blatantly marketed to appeal to Oscar voters than Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, an adaptation of author Jonathan Safran Foer’s best-selling novel that was directed by Academy Award-nominee Stephen David Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader). Foer’s literature was scripted into film form by Oscar-winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and stars two big-name thespians who also have little golden man statuettes on their bookshelf – namely, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.

Today we have the second trailer for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; like its predecessor, this new theatrical promo is a patchwork of tear-jerking moments and dramatic scenes from the film (or, if you will, “Oscar clips”).

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is narrated by young Oskar Schell (newcomer Thomas Horn), a precocious nine-year-old boy whose thirst for exploring and learning about the world is encouraged by his kindly father, Thomas (Hanks). Disaster strikes when Thomas is killed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, leaving his son and wife (Bullock) emotionally-shattered and unable to connect with one another.

Oskar therafter sets out on a quest to find the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his dad – a journey that not only leads him to encounter many a lost soul in New York City, but one which could possibly provide some closure for Oskar and his grieving mother.

Check out the second Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close trailer (pun not intended) below:

Many moviegoers will likely note the narrative similarities between Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Martin Scorsese’s newly-released (acclaimed) 3D flick, Hugo. The two are not only both based on popular literature and feature a prestigious collection of talent, working both in front of and behind the camera; they also¬†deal with similarly heavy themes relating to life, death, and the grieving process that people of different ages undergo in the wake of a terrible personal loss. Obviously, there are many other striking differences between the films (in terms of setting, atmosphere, and visual style) but additional comparisons between the two are bound to be made.

However, judging by early footage, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is working much¬†harder to pull on moviegoers’ heartstrings; enough so that that the film will likely come off as hokey schmaltz to some, genuinely-moving and tender melodrama to others. Daldry’s previous directorial efforts have often prompted those sort of love/hate reactions, but they generally play well enough with Academy voters to snag more than their fair share of award nods.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is being brought to life by quite the decorated group of thespians, including supporting players like Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Viola Davis (The Help), Jeffrey Wright (Syriana), and John Goodman, among others. Whether or not they prevent the film from playing out as manipulative Oscar bait, that remains to be seen…

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is scheduled for a limited (Oscar-qualifying) theatrical release on December 25th, 2011. It will expand wide on January 20th, 2012.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. This movie looks amazing. I knew there was a reason that I kept Tom Hanks in my top actors list!

  2. So I’m 30 seconds into the trailer… and the main kid is giving me the creeps, big time.

    Do I hear a second?

  3. … 2nd.

  4. Much better than the first trailer, but it still looks extremely schmaltzy.

    And there are more differences between Hugo and this movie, one is mainly about the importance of film preservation and how magical movies are while the other is is about being able to overcome grief and other stuff like that.

  5. I with a couple of thousand other SAG (Screen Actors Guild) members have been according the honor and responsibility of nominating films, actors and film-makers, including all other categories for consideration by all SAG members. It is not just an opportunity to see many films prior to their release though I acknowledge that perquisite. I have seen fine films and some not so much. There are so many nominators (over 2000) because our tastes vary widely. I am not a fan of graphic violence but I watch them all and hope to be fair in my judgements. This film is more than a sappy bid for honors. Max von Sydow at 82 years does more in a non-speaking role than any actor you know could do with a script by Shakespeare (and wouldn’t we love to see him as KING LEAR!) If he doesn’t get awards for his work in this film (SAG, Oscar, et al.) I will be amazed. The “kid” Thomas Horn does superb, really fine work here. Films are made or ruined by the directors & editors. They can make actors good and not so good look terrific. Horn looks terrific, maybe in a class with young Patty Duke of “The Miracle Worker” who won an Oscar at 16. He was 12 and will probably not win the SAG award but be will be nominated. I reject the idea that this film is a sappy bid for awards. It is an important film. Well conceived, directed, produced and acted. It is cynical & vacuous to suggest otherwise based on what one may see in trailers. John Goodman in a cameo, Hanks solid as ever, Bullock continues to amaze & never disappoints as she matures, Zoe Caldwell, 4 time Tony award winner at 77+ is still powerful and surely will be for years to come. SAG nominations, awards & Oscar bids? OK! all around, well deserved.

    • Nice post!

    • Thank you for defending this film. I am mom who pursued a degree in Psychology to better understand my Autistic child, the sadness of life, and how to create a life of happyness despite the clique “the hand of fate.” Even when it is not possible to hope or thrive in all the ways a mother dreamed of for thier child it is love that reminds us that life continues and as the movie points out it is the connection of those we live for that keeps us looking for a way to live. I could not see any other actors playing such important, sensitive, and serious roles. This movie is closer to life as a fictional can be but it is more real to those who are affected by such things as emotions, life, love, marriage, and lose. Wheater those dreams and hopes stay or pass and the effect loved ones have on an individuals life in the present, past and forever is the point of the movie to a mother such as myself.

      Thank you for defending such realities of life and that life is not always happy but that love is more than important as cliches good it does heal, and it reminds us to live.

  6. I think this movie looks way awesome. I’m excited to this kid act. I think this movie looks awesome because the actors look so natural and real. I was moved by the trailer. I’ll definitely see it.

  7. This is pure Oscar-bait. To kill Tom Hanks off in the first act is like killing Bambi’s mother. Pretty shameless attempt at tearing out the heart strings.

  8. yeah, i’m kinda through cryin’ about stuff…it’s draining…