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In Alexander Payne’s new film Nebraska, we take a trip to his hometown as he shows us the disconnected bond between father and son. As the film starts, we are introduced to Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), a demented old man. He’s found wandering a busy highway after a police officer stops him. His son, Davis Grant (Will Forte), arrives to pick him up and asks him why he did it. Why? Well apparently he has won $1 million dollars. He planned to walk all the way to Nebraska, from Montana, to claim his prize. His son, of course, knows this is all a gimmick aimed to target elderly people who have lost some of their senses.

However, that doesn’t stop Woody. Woody ignores his family’s request to stay put, since he is clearly in no shape to be making that kind of trip, let alone on foot. He manages to escape his house twice to continue his mission to get to Nebraska. On the third time, to please his stubborn father, David decides he shall take the trip with his him. They make there way to Nebraska only to find more trouble as Woody’s family finds out about his good fortune. To add on to David’s list of troubles, Woody decides to tell the entire town that he has won $1 million dollars. Woody’s old friends soon welcome him with open arms until they realize it was all false information.

The movie, lacking color, takes the audience back to a simpler time. Although I was skeptical about seeing a modern black and white film, I quickly found that it helped to create an atmosphere of disillusion and a reflects a lost sense of reality that Woody appears to be living in.

By John An

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