Associate Editor Peter Suderman reviews Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel about a young boy dealing with the death of his father in the World Trade Center on 9/11, in today's Washington Times:
It almost doesn't matter whether "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is a good movie or a bad one. It's a 9/11 movie, so how one reacts will inevitably hinge to some extent on individual feelings about the terrorist attacks that stunned and shocked Americans a decade ago.
As it happens, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is not a good movie, despite some strong performances. Instead, it's something of an ungainly misfire—an unfortunate, occasionally enraging, mix of Hollywood treacle and twee Brooklyn literary gimmickry.
Read Reason's Nick Gillespie on why art failed us after 9/11.