Monday, December 2, 2013


Nebraska is basically a happy version of Eraserhead. It's a nice piece of Americana. Nebraska is the story of a grumpy, lonely old man named Woody, who thinks he won $1,000,000 in a sweepstakes, so he decides to head from Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska. His wife, and both of his sons know it isn't real, so they try to convince Woody to give it up. His son David, (played by Will Forte) decides to humor him and drives him to Lincoln. This is where the story begins. This film has a lot going on. Its about family, loneliness, coming to terms with age, and it is filmed beautifully in black and white. Not everything looks good in black and white, but this film wouldn't have the same impact in color. The overall film is shot in a very simple way that perfectly compliments its blue collar scenery, and I feel it is anything but pretentious. Bruce Dern is the star of the film, but Will Forte is the anchor. While I don't believe that Will Forte will win an Oscar, but his performance was very natural and charismatic. The thing that Alexander Payne really excels at is great characters, and this film had no shortage of that. The characters were all very memorable, and this portrayal of Blue Collar America was nowhere near as offensive as Beautiful creatures. The performances were good, it was touching, sweet, very funny, and it all wrapped up with a perfect ending, that was kind of atypical of Alexander Payne. It is one of the best movies of the year, but is still not as good as Rush
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