In a crowded film industry that is filled with big, loud action movies and sappy, heartless romantic comedies, when a truly well written and emotional movie comes to the forefront, it truly is something special. That has happened with a few great movies this year, including “Her,” “12 Years A Slave” and the like, but none are more remarkable that Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska.” The film, which stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb and Bob Odenkirk, takes a step back from the fast paced editing of today’s films and delivers an endearing story that has earned it numerous Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Dern.
This type of movie is nothing new to Payne, who has released films like Sideways and The Descendents in the past few years. The way he handles it, however, is what is truly interesting. He has significantly slowed the pace down even from his other films, and the entire movie is shot in black and white. While it may seem like a stunt, the choice to use black and white highlights the bleakness of the central character’s lives and how any energy or vitality has gone away years ago.
Payne also gets amazing performances from his lead actors, most notably Will Forte and Bob Odenkirk, who tend to deal more in comedies than dramas. They show they can hang with the best of them in this film, and their acting shines through the entire time.
The film is worth a watch, certainly before the Oscars, as it will have you rooting for them to take home the big prize. To learn more about all things indie film related, please contact www.indiefilmfunding.com.