Thursday, 23 May 2013

NEBRASKA MET WITH SOFT RECEPTION AT CANNES


Nebraska is Alexander Payne's first film to show at Cannes; it's also the first film he's helmed without having (co-)written the screenplay, which is by Bob Nelson. In Cannes, critics have been complimentary, although nothing more.

'A tame but lightly endearing drama', writes Eric Kohn in IndieWire. Also in IndieWire, Jessica Kiang's review in The Playlist strikes a similar tone, which is quite consistent with the critical consensus at the festival. Slightly better reports come from British critics, with Total Film's Jamie Graham and The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw both giving the film good write-ups, but not without some reservations. This opens in the US in November, surely primed for awards consideration.