Nebraska is a simplistic and conventional film, but its biting sense of humor and great performance from Bruce Dern make this father-son road trip worthwhile.
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.
Nebraska is just a simple story about a son spending time with his father but its centered on amusing characters.
Bruce Dern gives a believable performance as the alcoholic unassuming senile old man but can still pull off a joke or two. Will Forte’s acting looks overly rehearsed at times, but was capable enough to forge a dynamic with a much veteran actor. June Squibb plays that person whose too amusing to hate because she speaks her mind with aplomb.
Their road trip is set against the backdrop of small town Midwestern landscapes that give it a melancholic but poetic look and feel. As the duo goes on their way, a minor mishap sends them off course to Grant’s hometown and encounters familiar but embarrassing hicks that he’d rather leave behind. In this part, the film expands a bit as old wounds and stories resurfaces.
Apart from that, there isn’t much anything else to the film. If it was in full color, it would have the same effect as the monochromatic cinematography. The premise is far fetched and the ending is predictable.
Nonetheless, this is an amusing story about a man who has a defiant sense of self. In the end, even with all his stubborn foolishness and past douchebaggery, he still cares as a father.
My Rating: 7/10