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OSCAR Nominated for the Best Picture Award,”Nebraska” is a beautiful film that tells the story of Woodrow “Woody” Grant, trekking from Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska to claim a prize of $1,000,000 that he is supposedly eligible for.
His stubborn attitude, quiet and reserved nature blended with his alcoholism have resulted in distance from his immediate and extended family, including his wife to an extent.
Woody reignites a connection with his estranged son David who regretfully agrees to escort his father in his car to Nebraska, as Woody cannot drive and initially decides to walk across multiple states to claim his winnings.
A real underdog to take out the Best Picture award, “Nebraska” would never have won on the biggest stage when up against competition like this years; however it is still a magnificent piece. It would never have won because it lacks action, suspense, blood, death, violence, excitement, colour and a certain level of grandness that general movies-goers froth over.
“Nebraska” is a mellow, dull, simple, slow paced drama that is such a joy to watch. It is funny, sweet, sad and above all else adorable. The predominately geriatric cast that generate the ponderous, prodding speed of the black & white piece give such brilliant and lifelike performances that are beautifully funny and delightful, while Will Forte is brilliant as David Grant, the frustrated yet affectionate son.
Supporting roles include “Breaking Bad”s Saul Goodman, Bob Odenkirk, whose only downfall is that he looks exactly like Goodman and acts similarly (with the exception being the lack of the tacky suit), therefore it is difficult to see him playing someone else and believe it; a wig would have assisted greatly in distinguishing his character.
June Squibb is as cute as a button as the bad tempered, nagging mother and wife to Woody, Kate Grant; she definitely deserved her OSCAR nomination.
The protagonist, Woody is brilliantly played by Bruce Dern. His shallowness, grumpiness and independence sum up the lonesome octogenarian whose determination and stubbornness is the driving force for his journey.
Its deadpan humour and pleasant minimalistic score mixed with saddening undertones dealing with family history and relationships make “Nebraska” a delightfully heartwarming film. The black and white colour pallet adds to the gloominess and blandness of the characters and the setting, but ultimately symbolises the amount of uncertainty or ‘grey’ there is in the world; not everything is in ‘black and white’, so to speak.
A standout film that appears to be a mix of several themes, stories and styles that ultimately shines through its originality, “Nebraska” is a fantastic piece that is thoroughly worthy of several awards.