by Jake Coyle.
Black-and-white movies are a rarity today, of course, but they nevertheless cling to a persistent and exceptional existence among more flashy fare at the multiplexes.
Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” which opens Friday in limited release, follows several notable films this year that have opted for monochrome over color, including Noah Baumbach’s New York tale “Frances Ha” and Joss Whedon’s Shakespeare-on-the-cheap “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Filled with handsome, austere plains photography, “Nebraska” is a Midwest road trip film about an aging father (Bruce Dern) and his son (Will Forte). As a studio release (Paramount) and a film set in contemporary times, “Nebraska” is unusual among modern black-and-white films, which have tended to be independently made or period pieces.
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