If you have a heart, a sense of humour or a taste (or any one of the three), you will certainly appreciate "Nebraska" (Oscar 2014 nominee in the best film category). This film comes from the director Alexander Payne (Oscar 2014 nominee), who is known to tell laidback and thoughtful tales of people facing changes in their lives. His new film is shot in black and white (Oscar 2014 nominee for best cinematography), but the views are often exquisite breathtaking. This is an intimate road movie about one family, the dudes, and mainly the father-son squad on a road.
A quiet man Woody (Bruce Dern, Oscar 2014 nominee), a retired mechanic, receives one of those letters - you won a million. And, due to the fact that he "just believes stuff that people tell him", Woody is adamant to claim his money. So the journey begins, Woody is taken from his small town in Montana to his disappearing birthplace in Nebraska on the way to Lincoln, where the million awaits - or so he believes. Once the horde of his relatives gets a whiff of the million, the fun begins (actually, it begins much earlier than that in the film, so you are just enjoying all the fun and kerfuffle the scam sweepstakes letter produced!).
In the end, it's all pretty gory and sad, but it has so many wonderfully funny scenes and dialogues. And in the end, it's just a feel-good movie, very blunt about relationships and friendships and getting old. And I guess about love, the parents-children love as well as love between a man and a woman. Woody's snappy wife, Kate (played by June Squibb, Oscar 2014 nominee), who appears in the beginning nagging and irritating, never stopped loving him.
What a film! I loved it.
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