‘Nebraska’ - it truly is an amazing journey!

Bruce Dern as Will Grant and Will Forte as David Grant. PA Photo/Paramount Home Entertainment.
Bruce Dern as Will Grant and Will Forte as David Grant. PA Photo/Paramount Home Entertainment.

Elderly curmudgeon Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) receives a bogus prize notification and embarks on a cross-country odyssey to collect $1 million.

He stubbornly believes he has to go to Nebraska where the money is waiting for him.

The old man’s despairing son David (Will Forte), and his long-suffering wife Kate (June Squibb), try make Woody see a modicum of sense, but to no avail.

Fearful of the repercussions for his father’s health, David agrees to indulge Woody’s fantasy and he accompanies the doddering patriarch on his journey to the offices of the lottery company.

En route, they stop off at the home of Aunt Martha (Mary Louise Wilson), and Uncle Ray (Rance Howard), who are delighted to learn of a windfall in the family.

So too are numb-skull cousins Bart (Tim Driscoll) and Cole (Devin Ratray), and Woody’s one-time friend Ed Pegram (Stacy Keach), who claims he is owed money from many years before.

Shot in crisp black and white, ‘Nebraska’ is a bittersweet road movie, which deftly sketches the sinewy bonds between dysfunctional members of the Grant clan.

Dern delivers one of the finest performances of his illustrious career, tugging heartstrings as his forgetful family man clings onto the hope of collecting his winnings, even if he has to die trying.

Squibb is hysterical in support and Forte is a lovable straight man, caught in the middle of the madness that movingly brings the generations of the family closer together.

Bob Nelson’s script illuminates minutiae of the protagonists’ unremarkable lives with earthy humour, while director Alexander Payne treats every character with warmth and compassion - even those who, on the surface at any rate, don’t appear to deserve it.

‘Nebraska’ - Certificate 15, 115 minutes, Paramount Home Entertainment, category Comedy/Drama, is also available for you to purchase, DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £26.99.

Starring in ‘Nebraska’ are the following: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk, Mary Louise Wilson, Rance Howard, Tim Driscoll and Devin Ratray.