EL-IC. Just returned from the theater. Very impressed. I am not a fan of manipulative tear jerkers so I have to say I was apprehensive, of all the ‘best’ nominees this is the one I wanted to see the least. That said….
The movie really isn’t about 9/11, it is about a boy dealing with the death of his father. His father could have died in any manner but in this story he died when the towers fell. The story after that event is a wonderful journey-one which I don’t want to spoil–where the boy (Oscar) works through missing/grieving a very important person in his life.
Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock both do wonderful jobs. I was captivated by the character actors who appeared in this movie. They really made it for me–in some ways more real to me than Tom or Sandra. The young actor, Thomas Horn, was amazing, in no way was his acting forced or syrupy.
The Oscars are big in our house. We make an effort to see all the majors and as many others as we can. On Oscar night we can all be critics (especially of the red carpet). So, I took my 12 and 14 year old girls with me to see ELIC. They have a very different take since they don’t remember 9/11 but I can say that they both LOVED it. Very impressed with Thomas Horn; and the end, which I can’t tell you :).
The only negative I have is that as far as acting, it wasn’t a stretch for any of the players–but they gave it their all, isn’t that what a great screen play is for?
A solid 4.5 stars, I’d go again. Fine for the younger set. No nightmares. Some difficult topics but I would hope you are already discussing such issues with your children anyway.
Next up? Tintin.