The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s genre has been chosen by Rebecca of Almost Ginger and we will be reviewing our favorite Travel Film.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Apr by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Rebecca!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Travel Film……
Number of Times Seen – Twice (5 Feb 2014 and 12 Apr 2021)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Believing that he has won a sweepstakes, an elderly man travels across the state with his son in order to claim the winning.
My Take on it – Hilariously film that similar to many other Alexander Payne films feels so realistic.
The dialogue is superbly written and help keep things so enjoyable throughout.
The cast is great with Bruce Dern leading an all star cast.
His performance as Woody is so very realistic and he reminded me in so many ways of various men that I’ve known over the years.
Will Forte shows that he can play very serious and dramatic characters with this role and that helps make the chemistry between him and Dern work so well.
June Squibb is hilarious as the family matriarch who says whatever comes to her mind no matter how blunt or insulting it may be.
The story moves along at a great pace and makes us endear these characters even more as things progress.
Both Dern and Squibb were nominated for Oscars for their performances here as was the Film, Director (Payne), Cinematography and Original Screenplay.
Unfortunately, it didn’t win any of them, because this is such a great film that works on numerous levels.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Will Forte was cast as David in part because director Alexander Payne believed Forte looked like he could be the child of Bruce Dern and June Squibb. (From IMDB) (no change from original review)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Absolutely! Such a fun and realistic road trip film that resonates so well due to the very powerful performances.
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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