Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) has received a letter in the mail that says he has won $1 million dollars. He is married, old, alcoholic, he can’t drive, but he wants this money to buy a new truck and an air compressor.
Grant sets off from his home in Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska where the letter is from. And since he can’t drive he is of course walking .
Alexander Payne who was born in Nebraska shot his film in black and white and it is beautiful. It is also sad and funny, as well as cringe making along the way. It is not for everyone. Although not as accessible as some of his previous films, “The Descendents” (2011), “Sideways” (2004), “About Schmidt” (2002), there is plenty to like about this film.
Dern is completely believable as an old curmudgeon on a quest that his family try to convince him is folly. There may be some who will say it is too slow and maybe too sad, but it is a good story about a man with a mission and a son who loves him.
Where “Winter’s Bone” (2010) made me want to avoid the Ozarks, Nebraska doesn’t look so good either.
Go see it.