Critics on Aspie Character in New Movie: Extremely Rude and Incredibly Ignorant
Trailer for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
If I wanted to makes the most shamelessly manipulative movie ever, it might involve Tom Hanks, an autistic child, and September 11, 2001. So I'm not that enthused to see Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which uses that recipe, adds Sandra Bullock, and opens on Christmas.
But it was fun to read what critics said about Thomas Horn's possible aspie character.
David Germain for the AP finds autistic people annoying, especially in movies:
Newcomer Thomas Horn, the 13-year-old star who was cast after the filmmakers saw him on a "Jeopardy!" kids episode, is a mixed bag, holding his own among the adult actors but, through no fault of his own, forced to behave with excessive shrillness much of the time.
That's because his character, Oskar Schell, may or may not have Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism (his medical tests, we're told, were inconclusive). You make allowances in life for people you encounter with autism, but spending two hours with a fictional character possessing autistic qualities can be grating.