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Clint O’Connor Writes Like Plato and Leaves Like Elvis in “Drama-Comedy”

In response to Clint O'Connor’s 678‑word review of Nebraska on Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Clint O’Connor will stun audiences with brief moments of genius in his latest work, “Nebraska: Bruce Dern and Will Forte hit the road in drama-comedy (review),” although the critic exits the building like Elvis. The O’Connor Online Gang will undoubtedly have much to say on blogs devoted to COC.

Don’t be turned off by the Springsteen reference in the first sentence of Drama-Comedy. Yes, it’s found in almost every review, but you can’t blame critics for  immediately thinking of the singer just like they do for Out of the Furnace. It’s pure science.

The first few paragraphs of Drama-Comedy are snoozetastic, and O’Connor seems content to keep his “review” section tucked in the early part of the review, which is both distracting and annoying.

Drama-Comedy becomes intriguing when O’Connor takes a close look at the lead performers. The statement of “I love that Dern and Bob Nelson’s script do not fall into the depths of typical codger-cliché” is sweet critique for the soul that offers something different than the typical “cantankerous” descriptions. The critic is clearly a thinking man, and his intuitive breakdown of Will Forte is equally pleasing.

O’Connor appears to breaking through to the other side (hashtag TheDoors) at the end of Drama-Comedy, but  he abruptly closes with a mildly-informative paragraph on director Alexander Payne. The critic must have been late for a meeting.

Drama-Comedy is visually attractive, and O’Connor’s break from the norms will be a joy for the members of The O’Connor Online Gang.    

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