Wednesday, April 11

A Movie Review and More....

The hubs and I love to watch movies, but we rarely get a chance to much these days.  So last night when we found ourselves with a free evening, we decided to ignore all the shows collecting on our DVR and on demand a current movie just out on DVD. 

After some debating back and forth {there are so many good movies we haven't seen yet} we decided on Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  In case you haven't heard of it before, here is a description I found from

A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

When we started the movie, I posted on both Twitter and Facebook that we were watching it.  And I was surprised when a few people responded that they didn't like the movie or had to turn it off it was so bad.  But I kept my mind open and sat back to watch.

I don't know about anyone else, but I loved this movie.  Though that sentence alone seems strange and almost wrong to say.  How can a person love a movie about 9-11....the most horrific day in American history?  Maybe it's better to say that the movie is powerful, moving, and touches your heart in a way not every movie can.  I thought the acting and storyline were phenomenal. 

I'm not saying anyone is wrong if they didn't like this movie, I just don't understand it myself.  Skip and I started talking about that after we finished it, and we wonder if where you live plays into the fact of whether or not you like this movie.  I've said many times on here that I'm from Jersey...not that far from NYC.  I live in a tiny little town, only three square miles, and six residents where killed on that Tuesday morning....six.  My father personally knew twelve men.  I have looked into the eyes of one of my students whose father was a firefighter killed that day.  I have sent my husband and countless other family and close friends to war to avenge that day.  My husband is a cop and a first responder.

And I other parts of the country, do people talk about 9-11 as much as we do around here?  We don't bring it up every day, but it is often still brought up in conversation.  I look to the sky every time I see a low-flying plane.  Every time I'm in NYC on a warm, cloudless day, I am reminded that the weather was the same on 9-11.  All of my friends either knew someone, or has a friend that knew someone, who died that day.  Vigils are held in my and all the surrounding towns on the anniversary.  We all watch the reading of the names on TV every year, pausing at the ones we know.  And every single time I look at the city skyline...even ten years just seems wrong.  The spot where the towers stood screams out in emptiness.

Is it the same for others?  Or do I feel and act this way because of where I live, where I grew up. 

I do urge you to see this movie though.  Because no matter who you are, no matter where you live, the sentence "Remember 9-11...we will not forget" is not just something we should post on Facebook once a year on the anniversary.  We owe it to those that died that day...we owe it to the first responders who contracted diseases from the clean-up and have since died...we owe it to every service man and woman who has died in the wars following the attacks....


  1. I haven't heard of or seen that movie, but as a DC native, 9-11 certainly hasn't been forgotten here. Vigils and ceremonies, lawn signs and stickers on cars, and certainly evident in the high military presence. Plus, my husband and I both work in varying capacities in national security, so we see how much the industries have changed as a result. I'll check the movie out.

  2. If you live near NYC or DC 9/11 does have a strong impact since it was so close to home. I can't look at the skyline the same either, it just looks different, wrong, without the towers. Personally I don't think I'm strong enough to watch that movie. I'd honestly fall apart. They just make me sob.

  3. I went to college near DC and even here in Delaware, everyone still talks about 9/11 in conversation every now and then. We all knew someone who was involved in some way, either they worked in the Twin Towers or at the Pentagon or helped out in the rescue efforts.

    A coworker of mine went to see that movie in the theater and I remember her saying it was a snoozefest.. she just moved to DE from Manhattan five years ago.

    But then again her and I rarely agree on movies so I wouldn't take her advice. :)


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