If you love watching slow-paced movies, which takes time to develop and gradually leaves you glued to your seat, for the surreality, for the subtlety and an unscathed charm, Nebraska is your kind of movie. I am generally not an avid watcher of the Avengers kind, to tell you the truth. Dramas filled with a motley of hidden emotions, where I can correlate myself, entice me more. That is why I still wonder why I waited so long to watch a gem like Nebraska.
The plot is simple- Woodrow Grant, an alcoholic, embarks on a road trip to Lincoln, Nebraska, with his estranged son, David, to claim a $1 million prize. During their trip, David uncovers his father’s emotional side. There are a number of important characters who in spite of their little screen time, add to the glory of the masterpiece. The cantankerous wife of Woodrow is a charm to watch. She is always complaining about her husband. But when the world goes against the old man, she stands firmly in the defense of her husband. The cousins of David are hilarious to watch. Peg Nagy, the former lover of Woodrow is a sweetheart.
The movie has been shot in Black and White to show the monotonous Nebraska country life. Miles of farmlands, simplicity of lifestyle, absence of abundance everything has been shot so beautifully and the road trip of the father and the son actually transports you to the original locales. The background score is a mystic and like the film itself, poignant at times, and spirited mostly.
The real show-stealer is Bruce Dern as the alcoholic Woodrow Grant who lost to Matthew McConaughey of Dallas Buyers Club in the 2014 Oscar Best Actor Category. Boy, what a performer he is! Probably he gave his career-best performance in this heart-winning drama. Will Forte as David, a reticent man with a heart of gold is perfectly cast and delivers an underrated yet a power-packed performance. June Squibb as Kate Grant, Woodrow’s wife is as I already mentioned a charm indeed.
Nebraska has its heart in the right place. Its a beautifully crafted soul-touching movie which will not leave you long after you have finished watching it. The climax is the real winner, which I am sure will leave your eyes moistened in joy, pride and a feeling of redemption. Do not miss this movie. If you love this genre, this movie is definitely going to find a spot in your all-time favorite list. A masterpiece in the truest sense by the master director Alexander Payne. Give it a shot.