Monday, Sharon and I went to see "Nebraska" with Bruce Dern. The reviewers loved it. Sharon and I each slept through parts of it. I'd call it a sleeper, literally.
The premise is this: Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) claims he has won one million dollars from a magazine subscription service and, come hell or high water, he is going to Lincoln, Nebraska, to claim his prize. His son decides to drive him from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, thus setting the stage for the two of them to connect and learn about each other.
We trudge along with them and encounter old-fashioned characters, low-life family members, and mean-spirited townspeople in the town he called home for many years. I admit there were a few times I laughed out loud.
Woody may make you think of aging parents; he is set in his ways, irascible, determined to do what he wants no matter what others think, and perhaps getting a little tetched in the head (crazy). Oh, and he's an alcoholic.
The end of the movie is wonderful, if you can stay awake for it. Definitely a feel-good story. I almost shed a tear during the scene where Woody explains to his son why he wanted one million dollars. It will touch you as will his son's response.
It's not a bad movie. The acting is spot on. The music is sleep-inducing. The film is done in black and white which is a bit confusing as it makes you think the time frame is the 1940s or 1950s before Technicolor movies were created. But it actually takes place in a more current decade.
If you think you'd like this movie, by all means go see it. It's being mentioned for a best actor award for Bruce Dern.
I would rate it 3 stars out of 5.