"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close": It Will Always Be 'Too Soon' for a 9/11 Movie

By Sean Burns
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Starring: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock

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1. tman1m said... on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:48PM

“You wouldn't be the first critic to argue that this film's (and book's) protagonist is on the edge between precociousnes and obnoxiousness, but your smug/superficial review (which appears to reveal you have not read the book) reads as overly harsh and especially hostile. Are we to assume that that 9/11 is "too personal" for any artist to try to speak to or intepret those events and how we were and are affected? Is it really a stretch to see how a family's story could be bookended by this tragedy and the ones that occurred in WWII? I notice you didn't mention "Reign Over Me," but I thought that film was quite effective in filtering the horrible events of that day through its effects on a particular family. Your venom appears colored by your general opinion of the director (sorry, but can't agree with your appraisal of The Reader either). I agree that this film had to walk a thin line between empathy and outright bathos, but I think it did so successfully, given the challenging premise.”

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