Sunday, June 8, 2014
Nebraska: An Epic and Ludicrous Journey
Bruce Dern is the heroic and pathetic father who sets off on an interstate highway like Ulysses sailing off onto the Mediterranean. One small meaningless step for mankind; many painful steps for a kind old man sporting lunatic hairstyle and hospital gown. Will Forte is the son who decides to give his father a lift on his pilgrimage to crazytown. Though he knows dad is as wrong and silly about everything as his mom is right and obnoxious, he grasps that life must make room for a little mercy alongside the justice. So, he reluctantly agrees to be a driver and compassion administrator.
Still, me thinks both films fail to hint at the equally common reality that men with big hearts but small huevos often contribute greatly to the burdening and hardening of their women. Both mom and dad in this dysfunctional family probably deserve compasion, despite the fact that June Squibb portrays mom as one of the least endearing mothers ever. I think I'd rather be hugged and breast-fed by Richard Simmons. What's the take-away message? Even elderly screw-up parents who didn't help us much need some love and grace. Furthermore, men who refuse to find their balls often force their women to grow a huge pair - and sometimes that just aint pretty.