Tom Hanks’ ‘Extremely Loud’ – New Trailer & Poster29.09.11 # Trailers # 6 Comments
Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock starring in a movie together? No, it’s not a desperately unwanted sequel to Larry Crowne, in which Hanks’ titular gormless grinner has thrown over Julia Roberts in favour of her successor as populist sweetheart of American movies. It is instead Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the big screen version of the novel by Jonathan Safren Foer, for which a first trailer and poster have just been revealed.
I’m an author. I need to make my stupid book seem like it’s more significant than it actually is. I know, I’ll tie it into some real-life tragedies and surf on their cultural importance in order to make my tome seem deeply intelligent. Oh, sorry… was just thinking aloud… what we doing? Ah, yes. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the 2005 novel by Everything is Illuminated author Safren Foer, a novel which links the World Trade Center attacks of 2001 and the bombing of Dresden in World War II, tying both in to the quest by a precocious young boy, Oskar Schell, seeking to find a use for a key belonging to his dad, who has not been seen since 9/11.
Hanks plays the dad (“You rock,” he says when he is presented with a rock in the trailer. “You fat-faced annoying man,” says Oskar in response. Actually, he doesn’t. But no one would blame him if he did), while Bullock is mom, and first-time movie actor Thomas Horn is the son. The trailer suggests extreme earnestness and worthiness, not least via its deplorable deployment of U2, and indeed director Stephen Daldry (The Hours, The Reader) and screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Benjamin Button) are two men who are not beneath indulging in Oscar-beg tactics in their movies.
The narrative device of the absent dad and the MacGuffin of the key made me think of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, although at least Oskar’s key isn’t shaped like a scrotum. Meanwhile, a super-strong supporting cast of James Gandolfini, Max von Sydow, John Goodman and Jeffrey Wright would seem to be a saving grace. Should you fancy it, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is out in the US from Christmas Day.
Source: Apple Trailers