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Nomadland (2021) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Very much under the title of “Not my kinda film”, the Oscar winning Nomadland surprised me in just how much I liked it.  It could be down to the dreamy, almost documentary nature of Chloe Zhao’s direction (which includes very few actual actors, instead filling the cast with real people), a move that gives the film its cinema verite feel.  Its certainly not down to the films pace…  this is a film that doesn’t rush for anybody.  But in truth it’s more likely to be a combination of Frances McDormand’s much awarded central performance and a well told (but not overly sentimental) story.  It plucks the heart strings rather than digging on them. Whilst I’m not sure this film is quite worth the considerable trophy cabinet it’s garnered, for sure it’s a unique watch and one that I’d happily recommend.

Best Bit:Frances McDormand is suitably ace

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Call of the Wild, Minari, Wild

8 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...