Thursday, March 27, 2014

Nebraska (2013)

Directed by: Alexander Payne
Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Fort, June Squib, Bob Odenkirk

MPAA Rating: R for language
Running Time: 115 minutes

When an aging drunk, Woody (Bruce Dern) receives a sweepstakes letter in the mail claiming he's won one million dollars, instead of sending a response via the mail he decides to set off on foot to collect the money. The problem, he's in Montana and has to get to Lincoln, Nebraska. Woody's son, David (Will Forte) reluctantly offers to drive him, although he's fully aware the letter doesn't state that his father has truly won a million dollars.Along the way, they decide to stop in Woody's hometown for a visit.

In my honest opinion, it's movies like this one that deserves an Oscar.

A pet peeve I had while viewing this was the fact that it's only available in black and white. Last I checked, this movie was made in 2013, is there any reason for a movie to not be shot in color? Upon finishing the movie, I realized this was just that: a pet peeve. I immediately understood why the director left it in black and white. It's not the quality picture that was meant to stand out in this movie, it was the story and the characters and what it all stood for!

Movies like this are a dime a dozen though, it seems like every year there's a movie based on a father-son relationship. Some even including long distance travels together, like Nebraska.

Regardless of the repetitive story, the acting and direction of this film earned an academy award, and for that I recommend you all watch it at least once...maybe come back and post your thoughts in the comments below?

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1 comment:

  1. In a way I saw my relationship with my Dad in this movie as well. Similar to Woody, my dad is a drunk and doesn't seem to have a stable mental state, so to be honest I could actually see him trying to walk 2000 miles to claim a "sweepstakes winning" from an a retail outlet. All that aside, I'd probably do what David did in that situation.


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