THE WORST DAY

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, it centres around Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn), a boy who lost his father on 9/11 and starts an adventure on his own when he finds a mysterious key in his father’s belongings. He tries to find out more information about the key – where does it fit, what does it open and to whom does it belong to – and slowly finds closure.

Finally, a book-to-movie adaptation which I have read the book! While reading the book, I was actually more interested in the Renter – brilliantly portrayed by Max von Sydow, who captured an audience without words. To those who didn’t read the book, he may seem like the comic element with “Yes” and “No” tattooed on his palms but his back story was actually quite tragic. The book itself was another marvel – filled with written notes and pictures. I’d definitely recommend the book though the movie isn’t too bad.

At the end, when you find out what the mother (Sandra Bullock) did for Oskar and you can’t help but laugh/cry at the same time because it seems like the first time mother and child connected after the death of Oskar’s father (Tom Hanks). I liked the scrapbook that Oskar did all the people he met while finding out the truth about the key and the final scene when his mother pulls the tag in the opposite direction was slightly hopeful.

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