It tells the tale of Oskar, an 11 year old boy that fears the loud and seemingly dangerous world around him which is made better for him by the close bond between him and his Father (played by Tom Hanks).
After his Father dies in the World Trade Centre on 9/11, Oskar and his Mother (played by Sandra Bullock) struggle to come to terms with his death in their own unusual ways. The story is seemingly quite a slow burner to start with as it tells the tale of the family and the bond between Father and Son in the lead up to 9/11 but I can assure you it is worth persevering.
The story unfolds with Oskar discovering a key in an envelope hidden in a vase in his late Fathers wardrobe. The key is in an envelope marked simply with the word 'Black' and Oskar sets off in a determined search to discover what the word means and how is links to his Father.
Oskars quest for answers takes him on a journey across New York in an attempt to find everyone with the surname Black and interview them in the hope of unlocking the secret to the hidden key, what it means and what the key opens. His quest sees him encounter a diverse assortment of people from all backgrounds and all with their own tale to tell.
The story is powerful and heartwarming but poignant and sad at the same time as you watch the urgency of Oskars quest rise as he narrows down the list of people. On his journey he meets his Grandfather for the first time and enlists him to help with his search.
The story is beautifully portrayed and the ending had me in tears (I wont spoil it by revealing it though) but I would certainly say the film is well worth watching.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a certificate 12 rating.