Nebraska – Film Review

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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

iMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1821549/

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Captain Phillips – Movie Review

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The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Let me start off by saying that Paul Greengrass is a very talented director, and has been for a while. I think he could make anything intense. He does just that in this movie. You can feel the intensity and are gripped from the start. The use of handheld cameras is strong, and Greengrass is masterful with them here. And yes, it does get a little over-used and jarring at times, but mostly its really successful.

The story it self, is unfortunately pulled back by the realism of it. It loses its pace and grip because its obviously a true story. However, thanks the character driven issues, you never get that bored. The title character is so interesting and desperately upsetting at times. The pirates are also deep as the so called ‘bad guys’, and when that inevitable moment happens, it’ll break your heart.

Tom Hanks is obviously outstanding in the lead; very authentic and relatable. The rest of his team also have this real quality about them, very found footage like. Barkhad Abdi is of course the new comer, and is also very real, whilst being absolutely terrifying.

I loved this film, it’s thoroughly exciting, and also very toughing. Its a real shame it didn’t get a great amount of recognition, as I would put it above a lot of the Oscar winners.

Captain Phillips is intensely gripping and touching; thanks to some top notch directing and some top notch acting. – 4.5/5

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