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Katherine Monk’s “Nebraska Lacks” Has Troubling Flaws but Still Wins

In response to Katherine Monk’s 866‑word review of Nebraska on

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Katherine Monk brings heart and creativity to her new piece of art “Film review: Nebraska lacks color, but not meaning,” but the piece has a strange Tarantino-like structure at the beginning, and never quite captures the essence of deep critique.

Monk opens Nebraska Lacks with good intentions, but the introductory statement of “Yep. It’s peculiar, all right” is a strange way to start. It? The critic then transitions to “you” statements without providing any type of context to give her words any meaning. Monk eventually transitions into a clear argument on Alexander Payne’s latest film, but the open may lead one to fall asleep on their keyboard.

Despite the troubling introduction of Nebraska Lacks, Monk redeems herself by painting a phenomenal portrait of Alexander Payne’s work. She sticks and moves with plot summary while maintaining a focus on critique. The work moves swiftly and some Monkers may be inspired to petition for the re-naming of a great river after the critic.

When it comes to breaking down the performance of the leads, Monk is not quite Truffaut-like, however the overall content is inspiring and allows one to jump into the webpage with force and excitement. It’s classic Monk, but with a bit more structure and insight, she might have been able to create an epic.

Nebraska Lacks is comparable to a ten to fifteen dollar bottle of wine, which one can appreciate, but is certainly not in the same league as the great wines of southern France or even eastern Nebraska.    

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