Friday, December 13, 2013



Bruce Dern, Will Forte


November 15, 2013 (NY/LA)
November 22, 2013 (WIDE)

Alexander Payne

Paramount Vantage

1 hour 55 minutes



It's movies like this that are simply satisfactory throughout its running time.  "Nebraska" is the latest directorial effort from Alexander Payne, whose last film "The Descendants" went on to get multiple Oscar nominations in the 2011/2012 awards season.  It stars Bruce Dern as Woody Grant, a delusional, alcohol obsessed old man who has convinced himself that a sweepstakes letter he received in the mail telling him that he won a million dollars is in fact legit.  Everyone around him knows that it's just a scam, but Woody's son David thinks that taking his father to claim his prize, which is supposedly located in Lincoln, Nebraska, can help his father live life just one more time, as well as spending some time with his son.  While the plot of that movie might not sound incredibly riveting, the movie itself is pretty damn amazing.

The acting is superb, particularly from Bruce Dern and June Squibb.  Both actors hit their parts dead on and bring lots of humor and heart into their characters.  The script is also quite fantastic, as it knows when to be funny and dry, which it is for about 80% of the film, and when to get serious/tug at the heartstrings a little.  What made me appreciate this movie so much was the ending, in which it might not be the happiest ending you'll ever see, but goddamnit, it's so satisfying and ends the film perfectly.  Director Alexander Payne has made a movie with likable characters, a story that could actually happen in one's lifetime, and a script filled with loads of dry humor and some effective dramatic moments.  "Nebraska" is not only one of the year's best movies, but it's also a movie that I feel that people of young and old could really enjoy, as well as somewhat relate to at times.


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