Avaliable from 14th November on Netflix UK
Alexander Payne’s 2013 black and white drama Nebraska is a beautiful film- from cinematography to plot there isn’t a weak element. When a film looks like this it can be off putting in an era where bright feel- good films power through the box office, but don’t take Nebraska at face value- I mean everything looks good in black and white anyway, right? This film certainly does.
Bruce Dern and Will Forte play a father/ son duo and together they steer this movie forward, with great acting on both sides. Woody (Bruce Dern) is an aging, alcoholic, confused man who believes he has won a million dollars- but has to get to Nebraska to retrieve it. David (Will Forte) is his recently single, concerned son, looking to spend time with his father and ultimately decides to help Woody get to Nebraska. Of course things like these are never easy and this simple road trip turns into a roller-coaster ride of emotions.
After Woody convinces his home town, and many family members that this clear scam to win a million dollars is real it’s hard to see a happy ending in sight. Old friends and family members try to convince Woody that he owes them money- he was an alcoholic after all, drinking his money away.
At times this movie seems extremely bleak but as Nebraska wraps itself up it leaves you feeling good. The ending is simple but effective, of course he didn’t actually win the money, but that doesn’t mean the film has to end up in a bad place, and thankfully it didn’t.