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.
Bruce Dern gives the performance of his career as the headstrong Woody in the brilliant, wisely observed and wryly funny Nebraska. What stands out is the fullness of the character, with mannerisms and expressions that make him wholly dimensional.
I love this movie. Everyone is **** leeches (Bruce Dern included-he feeds off his kids, his wife feeds off him. It is worth noting that in 2019 Bruce Dern is 83 and was in 9 movies), trying to feed off the frailty of someone at the end of senility, it's a real examination of the American Community. Phedon Papamichael (Identity, The Weatherman) did a perfect job with the black and white photography. At first it seemed bleak, but after a bit I couldn't imagine this movie working in color. The music is mostly a very stripped down version of Wicked Game by Chris Isaak. The best line: "Why did you have kids?" "I like to screw." All the performances are perfect, the kids are much nicer than they would be in real life given the dad they have, but that's movie magic.
Stimulating road movie of the odyssey of a salesman and his aging, stubborn father who insists to claim a million dollar prize that does´nt exist. Every one who has elderly parents will feel indentified. Outstanding Bruce Dern. A must to see several times.
Nebraska gets everything right, and it comes together to make a funny tender film. A simple movie of simple folks. From the cinematography, acting, and the decision to make it black and white made it one of the best films of the year.
OK, I accept that this is a heart warming story about a road trip and learning about family, caring for family, but can't get past the horrible depiction of Midwesterners as stupid and slow. I'm insulted, and I've lived in LA for 30 years. good performances by all the leads, especially June Squibb.
This is an interesting yet depressing movie. Should have could have been reduced by 30 minutes easily. Don't get the Black and White Photgraphy...........that area of the country speaks for itself in the winter........bleak. There are situations that didn't make sense. Not the best well-written.
Am I the only one who found this film dragged from start to finish. Filled with patches of fantastic comedic moments between a bland and predictable storyline. Not a fan of the "Artistic black and white either.
If only David would have bought his father the bloody truck and compressor to begin with, we could all have been spared 115 minutes of our lives watching nothing aimless going nowhere. Pity because I had grown fond of Alexander Payne's work as of late.