An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.
Black or white for no reason is often unacceptable, unless it looks good, and then you can accept it… a bit…
To be honest, the only reason this movie is in black or white is because the director is trying to create something a little bit different and memorable. Which is what the black and white doesn’t actually do, it just makes the film look visually stunning. I mean it really does look beautiful, and Alexander Payne has made what is quite drab into something quite enchanting.
Nebraska is a simple tale, and really isn’t all that interesting nor original. I feel like at times its turned into a soap cliches as the picture goes on, which really bored me. Don’t get me wrong I love the basic character interactions, it just didn’t grip me. What it does well, is throw a lot cliches out of the window and rely on hilarious stereotypes; making the film really funny.
Its very pleasantly acted, with nothing over the top nor extreme. Bruce Dern is kinda guy that creeps me out, but the kind of guy that is perfect for this role. He is so angry at life here, but in the most wonderful way. Will Forte as the son feels the same way; very empathetic and lonely. June Squib is also marvelous in her smaller role and comes up with most of the laughs.
I can’t say that I loved this film. I can’t say that I’ll remember this film. And I can’t say that I’ll watch it again anytime soon. What I can say is that its perfectly cast, and a bliss to look at.
Simple and elegant with valiant performances. – 4/5
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