Mud [DVD + Digital]
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It all starts with a great script by director Jeff Nichols (who also did the outstanding, but leisurely paced TAKE SHELTER). Nichols is telling a coming-of-age story...and that's about as worn-out an idea as you can think of. Yet even as portions of it feel as familiar as a Mark Twain novel...it's also never less than fresh and invigorating. Nichols has packed his script full of serious themes, yet he never forgets to tell a good story.
The story is set in Eastern Arkansas, right along the banks of the Mississippi. In fact, our hero is Ellis, lives in a houseboat right on the water. His parents (Sarah Paulson & Ray McKinnon) having a crumbling marriage, and Ellis is feeling uncertain about his place in the world and is worried about the seeming transience of love. (And the livelihood his dad makes along the river is also endangered; and tied directly to the failing relationship of his parents.)
One early morning, Ellis and his friend Neckbone (yep, that's the name) take a boat out to an island in the middle of the river. They've heard that there's large boat STUCK UP A TREE. The boat is there, and there's another surprise too. Someone is living in it! The boys meet Mud (Matthew McConaughey), the man on the boat. He's hiding out on this island, waiting to meet up with his girlfriend Juniper (Reese Witherspoon) and avoiding the men who are trying to track him down and kill him.Read more ›
Several comments: this movie feels like a tour-de-force from Jeff Nichols. Even though "Take Shelter" was itself quite good, "Mud" feels like a quantum leap forward, both in the writing and the directing.Read more ›
After a flood in a small Arkansas town, two teenage boys discover a boat lodged in a tree in a wooded area near the river. They quickly discover that someone resides in the boat's cabin area. The boys soon find out that it is Mud living in the boat and that he is hiding out for reasons I won't say in this review. In no time road blocks are set up to try and find Mud, one of the boys lets Mud know of this development and that is when Mud realizes he must flee by river. There is more to all this involving the Reese Witherspoon character whom is staying in a near by motel and supposed to be joining Mud in this escape plan. Amongst all this our two teens learn some valuable lessons about life and love.
The film is just over 2 hours and also stars Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon and Michael Shannon which I thought would've been great as the bad guy here but Shannon is playing a lot of bad guys lately with "The Iceman", "Man of Steel" and "Premium Rush" that is was also nice to see him play a regular guy and even provide some of the films comic relief.
Overall highly recommended to all audiences! The film has mild language and gun violence, no sex or nudity. I would approve the film for 10 years and up.
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Kind of like it, but it went a little overboard to be believablePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Beautifully done. A realistically complex look at love combined with believable writing and acting. I watched this with my 16 yr old son and he thanked me afterward, saying that it... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Thane