Nebraska, Released in UK cinemas on the 06/12/2013
Woodrow T Grant is from Billings Montana and is the main protagonist in this gritty and compelling drama about an ageing man who once dreamed of becoming a millionaire but never actually got around to it. When he receives a letter in the post explaining that he’s won a million dollars he believes that his dreams have come true. Proclaiming that his time is almost up and that time has almost ran out for him, Woody makes his way across America, prepared to do it on foot if needs be in order to collect his winnings. Woody travels with his son from Montana to Nebraska but along the way people from the past, friends, family and ex-colleagues inevitably come out of the woodwork and lay claim to Woody’s fictitious prize, which leads to a range of confrontations ranging from hilarious to outright dark and deceitful. The letter he has received and his winning are of course a scam, however woody isn’t prepared to accept this. Woody explains it all to his son whom tries to convince him of the truth but his son’s advice falls on deaf ears. Blinded by the sum of money that he’s allegedly won, both set out to claim what woody thinks is a windfall lottery win. His son agrees to go along for the ride even though he knows that it is a hoax, along the way his father reveals deeply truthful secrets about his take on life and what he thinks about it.
I personally love the acting in this film as it’s compellingly and brutally truthful. Nebraska was directed by Alexander Payne and was nominated for the Palme d’Or award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk, and many more. The film is released in UK cinemas on the 06/12/2013.