I still couldn’t figure out what it all meant. The more I found out, the less I understood
-Jonathan Safran Foer-
Released January 20th, 2012, based on a novel by Jonathan Safran Foer about a 9 year old boy searching endlessly for one last message from his father and something to believe in.
I’m bewildered at how poorly the general population reviewed this film.
Set in New York, during 9/11. Oskar (Thomas Horn) loses his father to the attacks and is left with one last puzzle. Left with a homeless key as a last clue, the search begins. The route of this adventure leaves him screaming, confused, confident but never exhausted. Oskar’s personality is confronted by rejection, warmth and an overall uncertainty of humanity.
The confusion and conclusion of the plot is constantly bundled together and toyed with often.
The travelling to each borough displays the concrete jungle in all it’s glory. With every potential step forward Oskar takes, it’s met with two stomps of frustration and you begin to feel his pain. Never really fully understanding how this unique child’s mind is working, the audience is still empathetic.
After hundreds of doorbells and “Black’s,” Oskar decides believing in humanity is worth a second try. You watch a boy grow, overcome his fears, and move on with his life.
Two Academy Award nominations is very well deserved.