'Nebraska' review: Road trip to the soul of despair
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Payne and screenwriter Bob Nelson keep the movie afloat, despite a story that, in its broad outlines, sounds like "Waiting for Godot" on quaaludes:
Woody (Dern), an old man in the middle stages of dementia, becomes convinced that he has won a million dollars from something like Publishers Clearing House, and he sets out on foot from his home in Montana to collect the money from the home office in Lincoln, Neb.
Otherwise, Woody is not unlike the earlier Dern reimagined as an aging hero: still angry, but no longer dangerous; resentful of his own weakness, and hovering between reality and delusion.
Because Woody can no longer drive, and because this idee fixe is beyond the reach of reason, his younger son, David (Will Forte), decides to drive him to Nebraska.
Forte is a revelation as a dramatic actor, full of feeling, with expressive eyes and an aura that radiates niceness.
Conveniently for the story, we discover that Woody and his wife (June Squibb) spent most of their early married
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