I thought it was really well done, deserving of its mostly high ratings in reviews. My personal reaction can be summed up in one word--HEARTBREAKING.
Bruce Dern plays Woody Grant of Billings, Montana, who has been notified of authorization to collect a prize of one million dollars (if....). He is determined to go to Lincoln, Nebraska, to collect his money. He doesn't trust the mail. He will walk if he has to. After his younger son fails to convince him the letter is only a come-on for selling magazines, he agrees to drive his father to Nebraska.
The movie was heartbreaking to me first of all because as far as looks and also certain aspects of the curmudgeonly personality, I was watching Mike on the big screen. Sweet and bitter torture. Heartbreaking.
When the trailer first came out, Mike's daughter texted me to google it. Leave it to Dad to come back as Bruce Dern.
The second reason for its heartbreaking effect on me was the recognition of my mother in Woody. She was also convinced beyond doubt that she was about to be a millionaire when she received one of those letters from Publishers' Clearing House. I would think I brought her to an understanding that it was a hoax and the next day she would be bursting with excitement at winning a million dollars. And, as with Woody, she wanted the money to leave to her children. Heartbreaking.
Finally, although there was laughter in the theater during some of the scenes where they visit the old home town and the extended family, I found the jealousy, the greed, and the conniving distressful. Sad because I know it happens in real life. Heartbreaking.
You can find a trailer HERE.