Nebraska (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
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After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he's struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.
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Movies like these are the best example that a good director and writers can do with what it seems to be a plot with no interesting value in cinema, of course the cast is right on the money, it describes so well the Midwestern lifestyle you forget at times you're watching a film and not people in real life, its implied humor is what I enjoyed the most and ends up being an endearing story far from being corny which seems unlikely at the beginning.
Bruce Dern plays an aging man, Woody, with some senility probably due to his great alcohol consumption over the years. He sits at home and does nothing. His wife, Kate, played by June Squibb, is loud and proud and keeps no holes barred. She says it like it is, and often it is risqué and pretty darn funny. Will Forte plays one son, David, who sells electronics in a store in town in Billings, Montana. Another son, Ross, played by Bob Odenkirk is a newsman on the local television station. Mom has run the family for years, Woody with his alcohol, an absent father it seems. Bruce is somehow taken in by a letter in the mail from a firm selling magazine subscriptions but promising a million dollars. Woody decides to go and fetch the money himself. Unable to drive since he lost his driving license, and his wife refuses to drive him, so he starts walking to Lincoln, Nebraska. David realizing Woody is not going to give up decides to drive him. David wants to get away from a relationship gone bad, and spending time with his dad will be good for both of them.
The journey is heartwarming and sad at the same time. Will Forte has really shown his acting chops. June Squibb is a true character and deserves her supporting actress role, but it is Bruce Dern who shines. The old codger, not saying much, brain addled with alcohol, but wanting something for his family. Truly an endearing film, anyone who comes from a family will enjoy it.
Recommended. prisrob 02-26-14
The starting point of the plot is that Woody believes he has won a million dollars when he receives a letter from a sweepstakes publishing house. His immediate family knows better but his son David decides to humor him and help him get to Nebraska to claim his winnings. He does it in order to try to connect with his father. What follows is an emotional road trip filled with reunions with family and friends. The main family characters are each sympathetic, making it easy to feel for their plight and cheer for them such as when some relatives and supposed friends try to take advantage of Woody. The emotional connection to the characters and the wonderful humor throughout makes this a highly recommended movie!
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