Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close ★★★★

Surprisingly quite good, considering that awfully bombastic trailer... This engrossing, very well cast drama uses 9/11 as a springboard for a story about dealing with grief under any circumstances. Although the imagery is potent, it is also tasteful and non exploitative. It's about grief without wallowing in that grief, and it remembers to sprinkle doses of... human comedy at just the right places. The emotions are truthful and the film ultimately earns its catharsis with honesty. I'd be lying if I said it is an easy film to watch. But it is definitely watchable and, some coy moments aside, somewhat inspiring. By the way, keep your eyes on this Thomas Horn kid. He's really good. And he'll probably age more gracefully than Haley Joel Osment.