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Fionnuala Halligan’s “Nebraska” Is a Soliloquy to the Heartland

In response to Fionnuala Halligan’s 578‑word review of Nebraska on Screen International

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Fionnuala Halligan’s “Nebraska” resonates with a quiet type of dignity, and plays down stereotypes while playing up positive attributes.

Halligan takes the sentimental route in his critical yarn about the heartland (how apropos). His critique of Nebraska touches on the types of people that could be encountered in any given time period from the last 100 years or so and treats them with reverence as opposed to the cursory glance that many of them are accustomed to.

While the review of Nebraska takes an in-depth look at all of the characters it is still ultimately a film centered around a declining patriarch chasing an improbable dream and Halligan touches on the heartbreaking narrative with the amount of nuance and gravitas that a scenario like this would require. The writing is excellent to say the least.

There are suggestions throughout that would have one believe that the main focal point of the film is to be humorous. However Halligan suggests that humor plays second fiddle to the stark family drama and even outright say that the film is at its best when the comedy subsides for a bit.

The spoilers don’t spill forth like in the typical modern movie review. Instead Halligan opts to outline each character and their importance to the plot of the down home film.

Halligan’s “Nebraska” is a case study in film study. The critic’s tone matches with the tone of the film, gives away very little in terms of plot and still gives the reader a straightforward analysis of the going on’s in the film.  Halligan crafted an enjoyable read from start to finish.    

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