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Lou Lumenick Gives Up Because Film Is Overhyped in “Drunken Protagonist”

In response to Lou Lumenick’s 312‑word review of Nebraska on New York Post 

http://nypost.com/2013/11/14/drunken-protagonist-not-a-winner-but-nebraska-is/

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Lou Lumenick serves up a few tasty treats in the brief “Drunken protagonist not a winner, but Nebraska is,” but the overall offering will hardly satisfy the readers’ needs for a combo deluxe. Lumenick provides only a french fry and a cup of ice.

Drunken Protagonist is eight paragraphs long, and plot summary takes up the first five. Lumenick succeeds with a hearty introductory tale of the heartland, but seems to give up on the review because he didn’t like the film. The critic’s final statement is “I don’t want to oversell an emotionally bleak film that’s been overhyped since it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.” Perhaps a good idea would be to actually critique the film.

What does the critic accomplish in three brief paragraphs? Not much. Lumenick refrains from exploring common themes that one might find in a general critique such as director techniques and character analysis. Bruce Dern won Best Actor at Cannes for his role, but the critic refuses to address his performance for some strange reason.

The effort of Lou Lumenick in Drunken Protagonist is troubling. The critic seems to believe that he is making a point by saying nothing when it only comes across as lazy. Five paragraphs of summary and three brief paragraphs cannot take that long to write. The vague statement on the cinematography apparently conveys that “there are certainly things to appreciate in the film.”

Drunken Protagonist is well-written,  but Lumenick comes across as the kid who takes his ball and runs home.    

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