Shot in beautiful tones of black and white (and silver and gray), Nebraska is steeped in nostalgia, regret and bittersweet moments. Yet it’s also a pitch-perfect cinematic poem about the times we live in.
Not much happens to Woody in Payne's movie, compared to modern penchants for rushed narratives and easily defined characters. Yet patience pays off, with a suitably minor triumph for such an unassuming man. And a major acting triumph for Dern.
Nov 15, 2013Nebraska is full of complicated people marked by flaws and failures, mistakes and regrets; they can be selfish bastards, too. It often feels as though Payne is trying to strip away the cliché that the region is populated exclusively by hardworking, decent hearted types.
Jan 30, 2014This is the best movie I have ever seen. I am 59.
That means there's a **** of other crap you
can pretty much skip over and go straight toThis is the best movie I have ever seen. I am 59.
That means there's a **** of other crap you
can pretty much skip over and go straight to
this film if you would like to know what comprises
a really good one. A few scenes reminded me
of The Last Picture Show. The ruins of the small
town, the sparseness, the hopelessness...
This is a film and all other so-called-films are
nothing but movies in comparison. In the same
way that 'West Side Story' is a musical and all
other attempts at musicals are school plays with
songs tossed in. If you miss seeing this film at
a large screen you have missed the film. It simply
won't translate to a television or any smaller screen
very well sadly. Bruce Dern deserves the Oscar, the Wiener
and the Schnitzel. No one else is even in in his hemisphere.
Well, you could give it Bob Redford for 'All is Lost' but that's
not gonna happen either. Both absolute masterpieces, both
absolutely looked over. Just a glance to his son in the truck… Expand
Mar 11, 2014Nebraska is a great movie that revives the classic Hollywood cinema. It reflects the social conditions of the elderly and the love and care ofNebraska is a great movie that revives the classic Hollywood cinema. It reflects the social conditions of the elderly and the love and care of a son for his cantankerous father as they lead a journey from Billings to Nebraska.… Expand
Dec 7, 2013I really enjoyed this quirky film, which I know is not for everyone. It is mature, thoughtful and sweet. The acting and tone are perfect.I really enjoyed this quirky film, which I know is not for everyone. It is mature, thoughtful and sweet. The acting and tone are perfect. Looking deeply into the lives of these interesting and imperfect people is a rewarding experience.… Expand
Mar 31, 2014A very warm and sincere film with amazing performances from Dern, and June Squib. This movie is very introspective and can be heartfelt,A very warm and sincere film with amazing performances from Dern, and June Squib. This movie is very introspective and can be heartfelt, depressing, and hilarious at the same time. The setting , the secondary characters, and family encounters is what really makes this film unique and pushes it past some dullness along the way.… Expand
Feb 4, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Payne Relief
The black and white photography is a nice touch. It gives a kind of Karsh look to the weathered faces of the aging, reflective, yet still yearning cast of characters, and suits the rapidly fading memories of a bygone era in recent American history. The acting was pretty good. Bruce Dern gives an effortless performance as a cranky old coot with one attention-seeking foot in the spotlight and the other half-buried in the shadows of utter dementia. The interpersonal conflicts among family and community, past and present are presented in a simple, linear uncomplicated way. The story seems to want to explore the sad truths of a regressive, bankrupt nation and the ridiculous dreams and delusions people cling to. Life is limited and unfinished. Like the heads carved out of Mount Rushmore. Like the forlorn characters wandering on and off the screen. For even after a lifetime of honest hard work aligned with various fixed Christian principles, a restless, quiet desperation lingers. Lies and illusions are necessary to prevent a lonely, inconsolable reality from setting in. And while Alexander Payne manages to keeps things relatively upbeat to prevent dragging us down into a pit of futile despair, he also fails to fully develop and realize the themes he puts forward. Every time Payne rustles up a movie (Sideways, The Descendants) he gets high praise, and this time he almost deserves it. He's a fairly astute cinematician who wants to make meaningful pictures without getting in too deep. Specifically, road movies on half a tank. Thankfully, he doesn't tread into murky Bergman territory, or puff his stuff up with Goddard-like self-importance, but he doesn't do himself much justice by avoiding or brushing off the potential worth and urgency of the matters he introduces. His concepts are cut short. While I'm watching Nebraska, I can't help but wonder how adept filmmakers like Kieslowski or Cassavettes would have treated and serviced the material. What's almost more disappointing than getting old, losing a presence of mind and attempting to reconcile broken memories, is not being able to fully grasp, much less handle and nurture, your own brainchild.… Expand
Sep 2, 2014Alexander Payne has a way of selecting small but fascinating topics on life--add this to his now long list of greats. Don't expect to laughAlexander Payne has a way of selecting small but fascinating topics on life--add this to his now long list of greats. Don't expect to laugh throughout, it's actually quiet sad.… Expand
Feb 28, 2014How on earth can this piece of garbage be up for best picture? This was utterly and completely devoid of any redeeming social value! TheHow on earth can this piece of garbage be up for best picture? This was utterly and completely devoid of any redeeming social value! The only reason we watched it to the end was we couldn't believe it could go the entire movie without going anywhere. Pitiful!… Collapse
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