Lee 🎶hoOOOlding uuu / couldnt be alooooone / couuuldnt be alooone🎶🥺’s review published on Letterboxd:
Nomadland is a serious film about serious issues. Not three minutes in, we see two-time Academy Award winner Frances McDormand pissing in an open field, before we cut to the title card (white text on black screen, no music. Distributed by Fox Searchlight, a subsidiary of Walt Disney, Nomadland depicts the struggles of the houseless in Arizona. Now, why someone would need Disney to tell them about the plight of the houseless is certainly a question to ponder over.
At absolute face value, Nomadland has all the right ingredients for a Critically Acclaimed ‘Issues’ Film; reliable leading performance from a great actor, pan shots across the American West, an ability to relate to almost every viewer despite its specific subject matter, a score from the typically overwrought Ludovico Einaudi that only occasionally pops up. But where Nomadland crosses the line between middling and morally questionable is in its casting.