“Nebraska” Review: “Be Someone” and Make It Count

"Nebraska" Review: "Be Someone" and Make It Count

What did you think of June Squibb’s character? Was she annoying, or does she deserve some recognition?

Director Alexander Payne (The Descendants) is known for making dark comedies that delve into real issues in life. While successfully extracting laughs from his audience, he only utilizes humor that furthers his stories. The academy loves him, making Nebraska almost a surefire contender for best picture. It may even take home best comedy at the Golden Globes if they decide to pick an indie film over the hilarity of This is the End.

With a basic premise concerning a senile father who thinks he has won a million dollars and utilizing the extended family dynamic, Payne crafted a very quaint picture. Bruce Dern (Django Unchained) should easily receive a best actor nomination, already proving himself at Cannes. Bringing a small town atmosphere along with an exploration of an older generation to the forefront of the film, Payne allows Dern to shine.

Movies just aren’t made about old people and small towns. Payne likes discussing life and death in his movies, but unlike The Descendants, it is a very subtle theme. People tend to avoid addressing the older generation and prefer to see movies with the majority of characters being in their 20s and 30s. In addition, movies always tend to have abnormally good looking people in them. Nebraska’s best looking player is Will Forte (That’s My Boy).

Payne took a chance and made a very simple film. So pick up a beer and “Be someone” and make it count.


Critically: 9/10

Personally: 8/10

By: Jonny Havey | Editor-in-Chief


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Categories: Jonny Havey, Movies, Reviews


A few years ago I founded the companies Mile High Movie Reviews, LLC and Mile High Pictures, LLC and have decided that it is time to let it go and move to bigger and better horizons. I have always been about taking the next step, and that is why you are here. I am now the founder, CEO, Producer and Editor-in-Chief of Vlizz Entertainment and hope to lead a very talented staff to success. I’ve been passionate about film ever since I saw Peter Jackson’s “The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) and have found a love for the creativity and the business behind the industry. I am a double major in Accounting and Film Studies and Production at the University of Denver (DU) and am applying for my MBA. I will also be working towards getting my CPA license in the next few years. I have been involved in the online entertainment journalism industry since August 2010 and am excited for how social media is paving its future. My goal is to redefine the film and entertainment industry by combining my cinematic creative passion with an extensive knowledge of business, finance and most importantly accounting.

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One Comment on ““Nebraska” Review: “Be Someone” and Make It Count”

  1. Anonymous
    November 25, 2013 at 9:19 AM #

    Sounds like a good movie I dont want to miss!!

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