First Trailer for NEBRASKA

I'm a moderate fan of director Alexander Payne. He gets a lot of credit for his 2004 flick, Sideways, but I much prefer 2011's The Descendants simply because of where I was at in life and how it hit me. I haven't re-visited Sideways in a few years and I never made it around to seeing his 2002 feature About Schmidt or 1999's Election, but regardless I'm rather excited to see his latest film, Nebraska. Having premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year to lukewarm reviews it has still managed to gain a good amount of momentum and will be making its premier stateside next month at the New York Film Festival. It seems that here it will find a home and we may get a better understanding of what the point of the film is and what it is trying to say as it is essentially a small film set in small town America and tells a story of an old man in a new generation who seems to want to contend rather than sit by and let his final years pass him by. That may even sound a little too mainstream a synopsis to capture what the film is going for, but from the mood of the first trailer it is evident that Payne is going for that same type of tone and wit that made Sideways such an underground hit. What might be the most exciting aspect of this for me is that Payne has given Will Forte the chance to spread his wings in something more than just a bit role in a major comedy or the string of MacGruber-type flicks that may or may not end up being his lot in life. Naturally, Bruce Dern as the lead is getting more of the attention and the trailer displays why as he's a guy who receives one of those "winning" sweepstakes letters in the mail and, convinced he has actually won a million dollars, makes it his mission to walk from Montana to Nebraska to claim his prize. Nebraska also stars Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach, June Squibb and opens November 15th.

       
Synopsis: After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.