Written by Bob Nelson
Directed by Alexander Payne
Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte
This film is about an old man who gets a ‘million dollar winner’ ticket in the mail. His son tries to talk him out of it but they both end up bonding over the experience as they travel to claim the prize. The film is set in the Midwest and takes place across a few Midwestern states.
The cinematography is clean and simple. Each scene has a honest, real quality. The film is in black & white and that cinematic look helps with the classic quality of the story. Will Forte helps to bring a bit of comedy to the film although he portrays an honest character with little tongue and check. Bruce Dern deserves to be recognized for being willing to portray such a sick and sad man.
The film really hits home for people of all ages. This kind story revolves around the spirit and truth we all tend to forget about. The story tells a compeling tale that illuminates a strong focus on the true value of things. If you like deep, honest films look no further.
Top 5. The true value of things is often missed but not in this film.