I’ll begin by saying that I have not read the book that this movie is based off of. That being said, I was completely unbiased and neutral going into this movie. As the plot unfolds, you find that the movie is not about 9/11, but about a young boy named Oskar (Thomas Horn) who is trying desperately to reconnect with his father. Oskar’s father (Tom Hanks) was killed in the attacks on September 11, 2001. Growing up, Oskar would be tested, going on expeditions set up all across central park by his father. After his father’s death, Oskar finds what he believes is a message left behind for him in secret. Oskar listens to a series of disturbing messages left on the answering machine by his father on the worst day. Keeping them a secret from his entire family, he uses them as motivation to fulfill the journey set before him. Throughout his expedition, he finds that his journey takes him way beyond is personal situation, and that he is not alone in his grief. Though not finding the answer he is looking for, his adventure does come to a surprising and unpredictable close after several major plot twists. At the climax of the film’s depressing moments, a window is opened up to both the viewer and Oskar that brings hope.
Aside from the drama-filled atmosphere, Oskar’s annoying yet genius character, and Sandra Bullock’s short screen time (sorry guys), this movie will take you on a very emotional rollercoaster ride. Between the tragic and heartbreaking scenes, there is knee-slapping humor guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The movie never makes is clear as to whether or not Oskar has some sort of social disorder, but it is implied. His character is extremely talkative and very condescending. Overall this movie was a heartwarming tale of a boy coping with the loss of his father and a neglectful grieving mother that will keep you thinking for days. I wouldn’t say it’s one you will want to see again and again, but it is one you want to see.
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