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Marshall Fine Brings the Rain to “Nebraska”

In response to Marshall Fine’s 704‑word review of Nebraska on Hollywood & Fine

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Marshal Fine is a rainmaker in the world of film critique, a mahatma of movies who manages to be more guide on the side than sage on the stage. There’s no stuffy pomposity here and, while Fine is no comedian, he achieves a lightness of tone through his sheer fluency in the medium.

At this point, Fine could phone in his critiques if he wanted to and they’d still be better than most of the tripe out there.

Fine’s got that easy confidence that can only come from years of analyzing and writing about film and his review, “Nebraska: Long Road Home,” exudes this assurance.

The criticisms are intelligent and well worded, but not poetically so. This isn’t beautifully ornate writing in a soul-searching, literary sense, it’s smart, matter-of-fact reviewing for the masses.  It’s not poignant, but it’s to-the-point and there’s a real beauty in that.

Fine opens with an interesting observation about how filmmakers “stake out certain emotional territory” and he compares Alexander Payne’s latest effort to Spielberg and Scorsese in this respect.

His analysis of the actors is spot on and he’s got plenty to say about the film’s pacing and cinematography in this “carefully crafted tale of connection and separation.”

This one’s got it all and should be near the top of your reading list.    

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