You know that thrilling feeling when you see 'your' child, in a book or on TV, or in a film. That was me this week when I finally got to watch Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The star of the film is an 11 year old boy with Asperger's - just like my son - who roams New York with his Granny's mute lodger to solve a riddle left behind when his father dies in 9/11.
The film had some dreadful reviews, features an unfortunate use of the the 'r' word - I mean, why? - and yet was nominated for two Oscars. I could describe it as a sugar-coated heavy handed morality tale with lots of cringy moments. But I won't. Because I watch films for entertainment and at that level it was great.
It's a quest, an adventure, a boy learning about himself and how to overcome his fears - a big problem if you have Asperger's.
It showed the need for control and order, and the charm and intelligence that I see in my son every day.
There are also entertaining characters, great acting and the fabulous diversity of the New York streets.
But for me this film really was mainly about a boy with Asperger's, here presented as positive but quirky. Perhaps it might be a good introduction for a family who've recently had a child diagnosed? Even better if it was possible to 'bleep' out the 'r' word. Actually I don't know why they didn't just change that line before it was released on DVD....
Have you seen the film? What did you think?
Disclosure: This DVD was provided to me for free to review in my own words. I only review stuff that is actually of interest, and again, this was! I've one more review AND a giveaway to do and then it'll be back to wordy stuff for a while..
The facts bit:
Genre: Emotional Drama
Film running length: 130 min
DVD Release date: 01/6/2012
Directed by: Stephen Daldry
Distributor: Warner Bros Distributors Ltd
Stars: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock