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A. A. Dowd’s “Movie Review: Nebraska” Cuts Through the Disdain

In response to A.A. Dowd’s 656‑word review of Nebraska on AV Club,105563/?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=feeds&utm_source=feedly

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A. A. Dowd’s “Movie Review: Nebraska” is an edgy take written by someone not easily taken in by the tricks some independent filmmakers use to get critics and audiences to like their otherwise deeply flawed films.

Dowd clearly isn’t impressed by the subject matter of his review (The big C—grade in the upper left gives that away right off the bat); and in Review: Nebraska readers can sense exactly the kind of mean-spirited condescension Dowd is talking about when he writes that the state of Nebraska as a setting is one the film’s director has “generally treated with the same disdain that suburban-raised filmmakers reserve for white picket fences and chain restaurants.”

Though readers can judge for themselves the merits of the movie, Dowd’s point of view is refreshing and necessary. In an age when in an effort to counterbalance the parade of brainless big budget action flicks, critics have a tendency to fall for and overpraise more indie movies that too often employ their own set of clichés and tropes.  

Dowd’s assertions are all backed up with examples that will make readers cringe at the utter disdain some characters are treated with.

Review: Nebraska is written with a sophistication that can overlook deep flaws in a movie to find praiseworthy performances; and it is that same sophistication that won’t fall for the bells and whistles thrown about indiscriminately.    

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