“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is the kind of adaptation that inherently risks slipping to schmaltz. Jonathan Safran Foer is a well-respected author, but the elements include a precocious and eccentric kid, 9/11, the death of a father and the secret he left behind. However, the just-dropped trailer suggests that director Stephen Daldry could have gotten it right.
Most of the clip focuses on the main character, Oskar Schell, who’s portrayed by newcomer Thomas Horn. (This is his only IMDB credit, although the site inadvertently credits him with being what appears to be a really creepy, and bad, short film, “Jeopardy.”) His performance is very watchable in the clip, as are those of co-stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock (although they’re so pro it’s hard to imagine otherwise). There’s also a flash of Viola Davis and Max Von Sydow.
But mostly, it belongs to Horn. Will be interesting to see if he’s the next Ryan Gosling — or the next Haley Joel Osment.