Nebraska is the story of Woody Grant, an elderly booze loving man who's mostly oblivious to his surroundings. One day he receives a letter in the mail that says he's won a million dollars and that he needs to go to Nebraska to got pick it up. It's an obvious scam, but like most things in life he doesn't realise this so his two sons let him go on with the fantasy as they are unsure how much time he has left in the world.
Nebraska was a delightful movie to watch. Right from the opening company logos I knew this was going to be a brilliant movie and I never doubted it the whole way through. The opening company logos aren't done in the modern version, but instead the older version of each company to pay homage to classic black and white films. Nebraska is just a delightful, happy movie that will go down as one of the best movies of the year. There is literally no major flaws that I can think of about this film and, despite only being in the end of February, it is my second favourite film this year. Wolf of Wall Street being my favourite as I saw it a second time and loved it even more than the first.
There's not a single performance that's consistently bad. Every actor in this film shines in their role, but there was the odd moment where I wasn't particularly fond of Will Forte's performance, but he'd soon make up for it. Bruce Dern steals every scene that he's in. He was literally the best part of this movie although the outstanding June Squibb comes in a close second.
The screenplay for the film is so creative and original. The Oscars are less than a week away and currently the most likely winner for best original screenplay is Her although I really want Nebraska to win. The screenplay is just fun, creative and very simple. Everybody has got one of those scam "congratulations you've won" messages and it's a surprise that it's never been the basis of a film before. It truly was a creative movie.
The ending of the film was absolutely perfect for me. I don't wish to spoil the ending of the movie, but it is my favourite few moments of the entire film. The credits for the film actually begin to roll over the final, closing shot and a lot of my cinema audience left, but I had to stay. It was too perfect for me to want to leave. The film was already brilliant, but for me the ending added a whole new definition of brilliant.
To sum up Nebraska is an absolutely delightful and original film with a fantastic screenplay and sensational performances from everyone, Bruce Dern and June Squibb being the standouts. Plus the film wraps up with a perfect ending!