Nebraska is a look at life close to death in the backwaters of America’s Midwest.
Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) plays an aged alcoholic who keeps trying to walk from Montana to Nebraska while clutching a scam letter telling him he is a millionaire. Eventually his son David (Will Forte) agrees to drive him when it becomes apparent that Woody will keep wandering onto highways in search of his sweepstakes.
The characters often teeter on the edge of senility, as well as between humour and sadness. This duality is reflected in the backdrop of Nebraska itself, the black and white cinematography finds beauty in the ramshackle small towns, polyester pant suits and epic skyscapes.
At times the plot meanders and stagnates like the thread of an octogenarian’s well-told story, but Nebraska has some wonderful moments. (HC)