First off, this film is in black and white. I’m not sure why it was told in black and white. I’m a fan of color. I was hoping the film would show color as the movie progressed. I thought it was just to tell a certain part of the story that required it. Nope. Not at all. This adds to the lackluster storyline. I’m normally a fan of Alexander Payne, who directed this film. But I’ll have to pass on this one. The story was a bit annoying. I’m not sure if there will be a herd of moviegoers filling up the theater for this flick.
‘Nebraska‘ is about an aging man, Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) who tries to walk from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska to cash in on a fake million dollar mega sweepstakes marketing prize. How exciting, right? Hang on, there’s more. Someone eventually knocked some sense into him, his son David Grant (Will Forte) and his wife Kate Grant (June Squibb), who steals the movie. So, instead of walking he convinces his son to drive him there to claim the prize.
David decides to play along to make his dad happy. I have to say, I’m disappointed that Will Forte is not that funny in the movie. So, they go on a father and son road trip together. They made stops along the way, sort of down memory lane. But they soon realize that people started coming out of the woodwork and hitting them up for money. Old friends and family mostly. They’re looking to settle some scores. But what they don’t realize is that the whole thing is a sham. Woody refuses to see that it’s just a marketing technique similar to publishers clearing house. And this gets old as it continues through the movie.
Thankfully, Kate provided some humor with her no-holds-barred attitude. She let her husband have it every time. But she was a tough lady when you back her into a corner. She’s a firecracker!
‘Nebraska’ hits theaters November 15 if you’re interested. Runs 115 min. Rated R