As a member of Warner Home Video super exclusive Blu-Ray Elite team, I get access to some of the greatest movies ever made. My mission is to give you how these movies fit in the life of a Dad.
Movie: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
This is a tough movie to watch at times. Combining the events at 9/11 with a son and his relationship with his father who died during that tragedy and you can see where I am coming from. The movie does redeem itself through the journey by the son across New York City meeting the various denizen of the wounded city. It’s this search for a connection with his deceased father that really brightens the dark background the film is set in, and really shows that even in one of the worst times in the city’s history there are bright spots that served to show the resilience of the human spirit.
Dad Factor: Undecided. While the background of the story is a bit of a downer, the story of a young boy trying to get closure after a tragedy taking his father fits in well for Father’s day. It certainly made me want to be closer to both my boys.
Kid Factor: Too serious of a movie for kids not really something they would want to watch.
Date Factor: Medium. With such a serious topic, it might make the evening kind of a downer. But on the plus side, it could show a bit of sophistication on your part. Then again not forcing her to watch Predator again would do that too.
Cool Blu-Ray Features: There is a making of documentary with Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and the director regarding the translation of the book that inspired the movie. In addition, there is a segment on the survivors of 9/11 and the photos on the memorial wall.
Bottom Line: Like I said before a bit of a downer, but has enough colorful moments of New York and it’s inhabitants to keep things from getting way too dark. Overall, the movie is worth a watch.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the movie on Blu Ray for my participation in the Warner Brothers Blu-Ray elite program. These are my unbiased opinions.