THE INDIE COMEDY Nebraska is a simple story about an old man on a quest. It immediately brings to mind David Lynch’s The Straight Story. But while the Lynch film succeeded on multiple levels, Nebraska seemed a bit worn, like an extended sitcom sketch. And it was a little laggy and repetitive; I think at times it was reaching for the kind a philosophical depth that came easily to the Lynch feature. I have to believe filming in black & white was also part of this strategy, and these attempts seem a bit forced. The film mostly fails to achieve that extra dimension it desires.
Nonetheless, I was entertained; these are likable, even charming characters and a generally likable story. As an old fan of the sci-fi classic Silent Running (1972), I think it’s great that Bruce Dern is still acting 41 years later. I give it a mild recommendation. If you like what you see in the trailer, you should enjoy it. 6/10
== UPDATED: Now 7/10 ==