Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Book and Movie Review

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close ReviewExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Jonathan Safran Foer

ISBN-13: 978-0547735023

Middle Grade

November 2011

368 pages

About the Book:

From Amazon.com:

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

 My Review:

I was truly captivated by Oskar Schell’s world – especially his fears and inventions.  Although Oskar is never officially “diagnosed”, he reminded me of children I have known who had Asperger’s syndrome.  His brutal honesty and awkward attempts to socialize with others were charmingly painful.

The cast of characters Oskar meets while on his search for the lock are a veritable cross-section of New York citizens.  Through them, he slowly begins to trust again.  Through Oskar, they slowly begin to heal from the brutality of 9/11.

The sub-plot involving Oskar’s grandparents is sad and unpredictable.  My heart broke watching them try to love each other, and fail miserably. You can’t help but have your heart broken by the end of this book, but you will turn the last page with your faith in mankind intact.

I found the freestyle grammar and dialogue of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close : A Novel to be a little off-putting and confusing, in what was otherwise a five-star novel.

I give Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close four out of five keys.

Movie Review

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Review
Within a day of finishing the book, I decided to watch the movie Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.  I’m sorry to say that I was extremely disappointed in this version of the story.

First, I did not feel the actor who played Oskar was sympathetic enough.  The character came across as more childlike a**hole instead.  Parts of the story and even dialogue were completely re-written to give the story a more uplifting ending.

But I was most disappointed that two of the main supporting characters, as well as the bulk of the subplot, were completely missing from the movie. I understand that only so much can be accomplished in two hours, but I guess the problem is, I had written the screenplay in my head, and this was most definitely not it.

I give Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close the movie two out of five keys.  Read the book instead, you’ll be glad you did.

I did not receive any compensation for this review.  I purchased the book myself and watched the movie on TV.  All opinions are my own.

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