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DH Reviews Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close

Updated on February 12, 2017

This movie is about a boy whose father died on September 11, 2001 and it starrs Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and Thomas Horn. While the characters are all made up the story is very real as it actually did happen to many families on that very sad day. This film captures the grief and fear that many people may have been feeling that day as well as how a person with Autism might have viewed the tragedy.

This is easily one of my favorite movies as well as a very emotional thing to watch. I know that a lot of movies tend to stereotype Autism and other mental health issues but I really believe this one shows it very well. Thomas Horn, the actor who played the little boy, captured his role extremely well. His performance was easily the best portrayal of a kid on the Autistic spectrum definitely on the high functioning end which is also knows as Aspergers. In one scene he actually said that his parents had him tested for Aspergers but the test results were not officially conclusive. However, he displayed many traits of high functioning Autism. I would know this because I was diagnosed with Aspergers as a child.

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After his father died the little boy found a mysterious looking key in his dad's closet and spent most of the movie looking for the lock that the key would fit. It forces him to go out into the world and meet people. His grieving process that his dad left behind helped him talk to people which is something that many people with Autism have a hard time with and I thought that this was an excellently written script. Tom Hanks played his role very well too as the parent of an Autistic kid who actually tries to help him without throwing him into therapy.

My favorite scenes in this film are when things are slowed down and you get to experience how an Autistic person views this crazy and often loud world. I love how when a vase fell down it showed it falling in slow motion and you could hear every single crack in the glass as it hit the ground. My favorite scene overall is the bathroom scene where his mom, played by Sandra Bullock, is knocking on the door asking her son if he was alright. It showed exactly how a meltdown looks and feels and I could really relate to the boy on the bathroom floor. I won't go into any more details because I would rather not give away any big reveals. I like to keep my reviews spoiler free so please feel free to watch this film and enjoy it for yourself. I highly recommend this movie if you haven't seen it yet because it is a really good film about grief, loss, Autism, and love.


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