‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’ Trailer: There Will Be Tears

Published 4 years ago by , Updated December 6th, 2011 at 6:24 am,

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Whenever you hear that a film directed by Stephen Daldry (see: Billy Elliot, The Hours, and The Reader) is rolling into theaters soon, you know it’s officially awards season. That’s once again the case this year, with Daldry’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close adaptation due to hit theaters on Christmas Day.

An official trailer has been released for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – and, suffice to say, it looks to be yet another (gooey?) heart-warming melodrama that could snag Daldry a fourth Oscar nod (if not more).

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s best-selling novel of the same name. It was scripted by Oscar-winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and features Oscar-winners like Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock as members of its cast.

Here is the official synopsis for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close:

Oskar (Thomas Horn) is convinced that his father (Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Bullock) and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can’t be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet. His journey through the five boroughs takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him.

Now check out the Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close trailer (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:


While Daldry’s previous films generally played well with members of the Academy, they were often criticized for being overly saccharine and emotionally-manipulative – as opposed to genuinely moving. Seeing how Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close appears to share several elements – like the precocious young boy protagonist or the melancholic subject matter - with the director’s previous efforts, it’s unlikely that any of Daldry’s detractors are going to be won over by his latest film. The same goes for those who feel that Roth’s screenplays tend to fall more on the excessively maudlin side.

This Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close trailer is a good litmus test, in case you’re not sure which side of the fence you fall on. If the mixture of heartstring-tugging imagery and U2′s “Where The Streets Have No Name” causes you to get a lump in your throat, then you’ll probably find the film to be a sincere and moving drama. If you roll your eyes at the shots of Horn’s character smashing things in despair – or the scenes where New Yorkers appear to be emotionally-moved by the troubled boy’s pluck – then you’ll probably think Extremely Loud is… well, extremely corny.

Side note – does the “boy whose recently-deceased father leaves him a mysterious key” angle of the Extremely Loud plot remind anyone else of the setup for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming 3D film, Hugo?

Moving on – check out the Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close poster below:

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The majority of film buffs/critics definitely enjoy both Daldry and Roth’s breed of cinematic art (as evidenced by their combined total of award nominations/wins), so Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close should do well this awards season. Besides, it is nice to see that Daldry looks to approach the subject of 9/11 with a more sensitive hand here – unlike previous releases that exploited the catastrophic event as a plot point for cheap dramatic effect (Remember Me, we’re looking at you…).


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is slated for theatrical release in the U.S. on December 25th, 2011.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. I have to admit, watching the trailer caused a big ole lump to form in my throat. But not for the reason you might think. I remember the book all too vividly and I remember the emotions that welled in me while reading it. So that is what I’m reacting to, not the trailer itself. In fact, the “Streets Have No Name” song kind of almost threw me out of that reaction entirely. My memory of the book leaves me in a much more somber mood than that song conveys. It’s not the kind of tempo I was humming after I closed the book, that’s for sure. So I’m afraid that if that’s going to provide the theme for the movie, a lot of people are going to find it Lifetime corny and After School Movie sugary. I hope not though.

  2. I’m not a fan of Daldry’s films. I’ve personally found them to be manipulative and Oscar baity (with The Hours being the only tolerable film he’s done). That poster is not making me feel good about the movie.

  3. Is it just me or the same 5 or 6 lead actors starring on all the new movies these days? I mean really?!?! We can’t find anyone other than Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, and Julia Roberts? Are there no other decent actors out there? Of course there are, it’s just safer for the studios to hire Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock and ensure they make their money back.

    I’m sick of seeing the same 5 faces in every movie. It’s laughable at best.

    • Regarding Sandra Bullock being “one of the 5 or 6 lead actors starring in movies these days”, I say. The last film she did was in 2009…”The Blind Side.” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” will go into wide release until 2012. Thats not exactly an overload of films from Sandra Bullock. And because its called show BUSINESS, studios like their films to make money. Hardly laughable.

    • this is why i prefer foreiegnfilms … even with subtitiles

  4. This movie looks really good. I love Tom Hanks. I love Sandra Bullock. Tugs at the heart strings. I’ll see it.

  5. Oscar bait movies. People will be skeptical about them for being so, but if the movie is truly worth it, it will overshadow that skepticism.

  6. “If you roll your eyes at the shots of Horn’s character smashing things in despair – or the scenes where New Yorkers appear to be emotionally-moved by the troubled boy’s pluck -”

    Lol, that’s exactly what I did.

  7. I completely disagree on the Remember Me remark. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. September 11th happened, we can’t blot it out of our fictional literature or cinema and expect it to go away. I thought Remember Me was a perfect first-person telling of what it must have been like for hundreds of people who were intimately touched by that horrific day. I believe it was handled with much taste and compassion. How is this movie different, if not worse, in that it is exploiting 9/11 in order to win Academy Award nods? I don’t necessarily believe that, I just think it unfair to make such contradictory judgments. Just my 2 cents :)

    • Remember Me seemed (in my opinion, of course) like a standard coming of age story where the 9/11 aspect was thrown in, as a cheap means of giving it some emotional punch. Basically, my problem with that is that I feel that if you want to tell a story about 9/11 – or any real-world disaster – then you should… well, tell a story about 9/11, not use it as an easy means to suddenly get an emotional response the rest of the film hasn’t warranted.

      Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, by comparison, at least integrates the disaster fully into its narrative. But, yeah, like I said – that’s just my take. 8-)

      • I agree with you Sandy about Remember Me. That ending was unearned. The movie was average at best, adding 9/11 at the end was a cheap trick to insert some real emotion into a film which was lacking up to that point. The emotion came from the audience’s memory of the twin towers and 9/11, not the movie or character (unless you are a crazed Robert Pattinson fan). That said prepare for the attack of Pattinson fans (who will swear up and down they aren’t really his fans) to defend his honor in 3…2…1…

        Yes, I also rolled my eyes at this trailer. To manipulative. I will be skipping it.

  8. I’m so sick of Tom Hanks, especially playing this type of roll (innocent, good-willed father figure; “look, he plays on the swings with his son! what a great man” says America. Vomit, says I.) Putting him, the biggest ham in Hollywood, in this adaptation would’ve been enough to taint it, but Sandra Bullock too? These people are MAINSTREAM in every sense of the word, and that’s so not how the book played. A rather disinfranchised young person, I found myself relating with the main character, a small boy who, despide tragedy on all sides, had a mission to discover his world. While much of the country ground to a hault, “Extremely Loud…” urged us to move on, and rediscover the mystery and whimsy our parents, now preparing for war, had forgotten.

    This movie seems to be pandering to the exact opposite audience that the book appealed to. Personally, I’d like Tom Hanks to be replaced by John C Reilly, I think the boy should look younger and have fewer speaking lines (because based on the trailer, i can guarantee he has too many), speaking of which, drop the narration and the terrible U2 song, maybe replace it with Bjork “All Is Full of love”, make Sam Mendes the director, and for Sandra Bullock, weirdly, I think Kristen Wiig could do a great job there (just look at the scene in “bridesmaids” where she bakes herself a cupcake and eats it; a surprising amount of lonliness and sorrow comes across). If not her, Carey Mulligan, since she always looks sad. As it stands, I might rent it (if Netflix or whomever keeps my business for that long).

  9. I don’t like U2 so there was no chance I was going to get a good reading on this movie from this trailer. Doesn’t look like my kind of film though, manipulative isn’t type.

  10. The trailer looks great. I am not a U2 fan, but the song does not bother me either way. The source material is rich. I will definitely be seeing this film.

  11. The trailer is heart warming. I think the movie will be a sure hit.

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