Nomadland movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Frances McDormand is the shining star of this movie, but otherwise, Nomadland is great but overrated. This moving, engaging and heartwarming drama is definitely powerful and worth a watch.


Fern, a woman in her 60s, begins her new life on the road as a nomad after the company she worked for shuts down and she loses everything in the Great Recession. She ends up bonding with other nomads she meets during her journey.

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Movie details

Director: Chloé Zhao
Cast: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Gay DeForest, Bob Wells, Derek Endres
Writer: Chloé Zhao
Release Date (Australia): 4 March 2021
Runtime: 108 minutes/1h 48m
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (PG)

The film features verbal references to suicide, terminal illness, death and grief.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film includes a singular use of the word “s**t” and infrequent use of the word “bitch”.

Nudity (M)

The film features a scene of non-sexualised full frontal female nudity.

mpaa rating

R (for some full nudity)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Apart from the quietly powerful performance by Frances McDormand and the beautiful landscapes within the cinematography by Chloé Zhao, it’s hard to say Nomadland is worth its meaningful awards. It owns a fair few issues in the motion and is very overrated in the sense that it received such big awards. However, it powerfully leaves you in the life of being a nomad.

This heartwarming drama witnesses Frances McDormand delivering a very quiet but compelling performance as a woman who seems to be the person who doesn’t stand out like a shining star in the crowd. The film features her living as a nomad who’s not homeless, but is houseless, “not the same thing, right?” However, there’s other nomads who make an appearance throughout the film, also executing solid performances, but it’s even more interesting because they’re real nomads.

The location of what the film titles as “Nomadland” is depicted wonderfully by Chloé Zhao, capturing the beautiful landscapes, land and sky. That would be the area that deserves the awards along with the performances and the presentation of real-life nomads. There’s a very smooth and drama-toned soundtrack throughout several scenes, and like what you’d expect from a houseless group of people, there’s heartwarming conversations.

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