Thursday, December 5, 2013

Nebraska (2013)

Director: Alexander Payne. Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk. 115 min. Rated R. Drama.

Similar to About Schmidt (and almost as engaging), Payne is at it again, exploring the plight of old age - this time picturing Bruce Dern as a demented small town old man under the illusion that he's won a million dollar sweepstakes, and a son whose trying to convince him otherwise. But it's not about the story. It's about showing us in cold, depressing black-and-white how the old stubbornly cling on to non-existent dreams in a decaying terrain, and how impossible it is for generations to bridge the gap. Maybe the only solution, is to let them enjoy their dreams.

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