A wonderful, well-written, funny, life-affirming, moving movie - 5 stars!
- Nebraska review by PV
I really loved this film. The trick to its success - and it really is both genuinely funny, and very touching too - is a brilliant script which is full of circular arguments and conversations, witty ironies, and nail-on-head commentary. I laughed out loud several times.
Really good to see a film about older people that does not go all silly like the lame Dustin Hoffman directed effort Quartet, or get all huggy girly happy endings like the Marigold Hotel film (though that was OK).
At one point a woman asks if the old man has Alzheimers; 'no', says his son, 'he just believes what people tell him.' 'Too bad', says the woman. You see? Class writing!
I was also very moved by the old man's faith in his winning ticket, his chasing of dreams after an unhappy life, and the devotion shown him by his wife and sons. His wife in particular gets some great lines and is a fun character.
The minor characters are also well-drawn - Stacy Keach pops up as the baddie here, a former friend who wants his cut (and has already had one judging by the big scar on his lip - why Mr Keach PI always had a moustache, of course. Who knew?)
The black and white works well, giving a faded forgotten mid-West feel to the film; and the ending is great - if you're not cheering the old man at this point you need a heart transplant.
The best US film I have seen in a year - and not in the least depressing, but life-affirming. It should have won awards. I could watch it all over again right now.
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful.
- Nebraska review by CM
No schmaltz, but plenty of wit & heartscalding dark humour in this one. The old fella pursuing his dream is far from cute, but unfolds & becomes more understandable as the story goes on. Great acting all round, & the mother is monstrously funny. The wide open landscape is almost a character in itself.
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.
Sit back and enjoy
- Nebraska review by BE
An unglamorous movie with an unrushed narrative, this movie is a joy to watch. It depicts yearning and regret but is interspersed with soft humour. The black and white presentation promotes its nostalgic tone. The acting throughout from all the cast and the direction is faultless. June Squibb, in her eighties, is unmissable. Thoroughly recommended.
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful.