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Brilliant Film in Every Sense,
This review is from: Nebraska [DVD] (DVD)
This is a 'road movie' with some absolutely classic comedy moments. Director, Alexander Payne, already has `About Schmidt' and `Sideways' as his road movie credits. This film retains the sadness of the former but retains the comedy elements of both. This is very much like the film ` Paris, Texas.'
The filming (crystal clear black & white) is very insular, homing in on the subjects but also portraying the loneliness and isolation of the Midwest as they drive through the state highways, pass various sign posts, churches, small stores, gas stations and small towns. There are no leaves on the trees; the motels are two stars at best, the bars a bit grubby and down market. The families and their homes are working class. It's impossible to tell what the season is or the time of year! It's grey, it's grim, and things seem hard work and uninspiring.
The film is melancholy; it's about deadpan, silences, looks, glances, stares, but also beautiful comedy timing.
Ultimately it's about relationships - father & son, husband & wife, family & friends. It's about confusion & greed, love & understanding, raw instincts & telling it like it is, and lastly, wonderful characters which all classic films require?
Brilliant film, definitely one of the best I've seen in the last 12 months.