Book vs. Film: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

book vs film extremely loud and incredibly close


  • For the incredible creative writing and equally incredible creative printing.
  • Because Tom Hanks. Urgh. It was all downhill after Big. And don’t even mention F. Gump.
  • Because Sandra Bullock. Not as much urgh as Tom Hanks but not right here.
  • That said, I still bawled my eyes out during the film.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

8 responses

  1. So The DaVinci Code, possibly the worst Tom Hanks movie ever. I’m not a huge fan, but I did enjoy Road to Perdition. My in-laws find it blasphemous that I don’t care for Sandra Bullock (or Hugh Grant for that matter) – I refused to watch Two Weeks Notice because I couldn’t stand those two together.

    • Two Weeks Notice was actually GREAT. However, Sandra Bullock is strictly rom-coms for me. Whoever cast her in this must have been having a momentary lapse of reason. as for Tom Hanks… the KIng of Bland. JSF must have torn his hair out when he saw the casting. I won’t even be going there. The book is a masterpiece though.

  2. I haven’t read but the book, but I did get to see the movie, and it was…not what I was expecting. It took me A LONG TIME to get into the movie, because it seemed unrealistic that she would just let her kid wander around and talk to strangers by himself (though she was actually a step ahead of him, of course). By the time I did get interested, and finally understood what was going on, ah yes, I bawled!

    As for Bullock and Hanks…they were fine to me? It’s not like they were playing interesting well-written characters. They were filling roles, and I didn’t think that was bad! And I actually don’t mind most of their films, though that’s just me! 🙂

    • I guess in the book they were interesting and well-written characters, so I wanted the same for the movie. I think when you read the book first you have an image of the characters in your mind. When the movie comes long after a book, it’s bound to be either ‘perfect’ (eg. A Room with a View; Out of Africa) or all wrong!

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