Alexander Payne's (The Descendants) latest is a sharp, subtle and brilliantly-observed dark comedy about America's classic mid-West culture beautifully shot in fresh black and white. It's essentially a road movie (a la Sideways) starring Bruce Dern as Woody, an old man suffering from dementia insistent on collecting millions from a marketing scam letter than most of us throw in the bin. Hell bent on travelling to collect his winnings in person if need be, his youngest son David (Will Forte) agrees to take him on the 800km road trip to Lincoln, Nebraska, and so begins and odyssey which sees them meet up with greedy relatives, the girl that got away, and an old enemy. Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk and a feisty June Squibb head an outstanding supporting cast, whilst Dern is magnificent in the lead role - a perfect balance of vulnerable and curmudgeonly. It's a bittersweet, humorous yet lightly melancholic tale of a man that has lost his self-respect, and a metaphor of a dying small town middle America. Offbeat and low-key, this is a real gem.
Golden Globe nominated.
Movie shows at 1740, and I shall aim to be there at 1730.
Meet at the top of the stairs, between the cinema and the bar.
Running time is 115 mins and adding previews etc, will probably last over 2 hours.
Afterwards I'm going into the bar for a drink (and possibly some supper) and it would be nice if anyone joined me when we can discuss the film.
Apologies if the start time is too early for people coming from working further afield.