Oskar is convinced that his father (Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Bullock) and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things that can’t be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet. His journey through the five boroughs takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him.
The character of Oskar was hard to like. He was rude, mean to his mom and had a potty mouth. But I did like that he would do anything possible to find out what the key was for, because he thought it was a message to him from his father. Plus, the actor who played Oskar, Thomas Horn, did a great job of portraying him.
I loved that the mom went to such extremes to make her son’s journey as smooth as possible. I loved the relationship between Oskar and his dad! And I loved how Oskar and his grandfather related to each other.
One of the main things I didn’t get was why this young boy was allowed to traipse all over New York at all hours of the day and night by himself. I just can’t see that happening. Plus, during all his wanderings, the streets were mostly people-less. It’s NY, and NY isn’t not people-less, no matter the hour.
Then there’s the fact that the man who is supposedly Oskar’s grandmother’s friend from her home country is really her (ex?) husband. Even when Oskar figures out who he really is, nobody comments on it. Not the grandmother, not Oskar, not the grandfather, not Oskar’s mother. I can’t imagine this happening in real life and nobody talking about it!
Even though there are a few things that just didn’t make any sense (to me at least), there are some amazing scenes, and that made the movie well worth watching!
I guess the good outweighs the bad, because I’ll more than likely watch this movie again.