The film follows Woody, played subtly by Bruce Dern, as a cantankerous, vulnerable ageing man, on a captain Ahab-like journey to claim a million dollar prize, he may or may not have won.
It;s a nice, low-key film that has not generated the attention it really deserves. It's not a perfect film, but it features some amazing performances by Dern, Will Forte and June Squibb.
Nebraska is hauntingly spare and gnawingly moody in the mould of 'old man-on-the-road' comedy.
Accompanying woody on the pointless trip is his son, David (Will Forte) who feels empathy for the old man, perhaps recognising his own bleak future in him and jumps at the 'last chance' to finally connect with his father.
As wonderful as Dern is in the film,'Nebraska' really belongs to Forte, whose relaxed, natural streak as a decent man, is quietly powerful.
The mood is sustained by gorgeous, evocative black and white cinematography. This is certainly compelling cinema.