Director: Chloé Zhao
Writer/s: Jessica Bruder, Chloé Zhao
Starring: Frances McDormand, and more.
With award season buzzing, the leaders of the pack are starting to separate themselves, especially with the conclusion of The Golden Globes last night. One of the most talked about is “best director” winner herself, Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland.” I have been hyped to get my eyes on this movie since I first saw a trailer awhile ago, and, with the additional buzz, I was absolutely beyond myself to press play on this. Now it was just a matter of does it live up to the hype???
“After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.”
When it comes to actors performing roles, I feel as if two outcomes happen. One, you recognize the actor for playing the part. “Oh, Jon Doe did a great job playing Bob.” Or two, you completely lose track of the actor and only recognize the character. That is what happens here with Francis McDormand as Fern. I felt that Fern was real. That I completely forgot about McDormand and I was watching the true life of Fern. That is a testament to how well this character was drawn up and performed, where I have to applaud Chloe Zhao, Francis McDormand, and all involved in the process of creating “Fern.”
Movies come along that absolutely stun me with the shots made and the stills that are created. “Nomadland” did exactly that and even more. As if the delicate story and the new perspective of life was not enough to keep my focus, the constant gorgeous shots of the open desert, the roaming cliffs, and the high canyons were stunning.
If I were to be nitpicking for something to critique, I would have to pick the pacing and the “pointlessness” of the story at times.
Well worth the hype! I could not praise the direction, the cinematography, McDormand’s performance, and the wonderful Nomads themselves enough. “Nomadland” presents a perspective on life in a way many people, including myself, know nothing about. Following this movie minute by minute was a treat, and by the end of it, it presented a beautiful message on life. I want nothing but the best recognition for this film.
“I’ll see you down the road.”
– The simple and subtle score matched the beauty and simplicity of “Nomadland” perfectly.
Editor: Erica McNatt
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