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Mud (2013 film)

A film directed by Jeff Nichols

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GREAT COMING OF AGE STORY THAT IS MORE THAN JUST THAT

  • Sep 17, 2013
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MUD

Coming of age stories have always been a favorite of mine if they are done right. "Stand By Me" comes right to mind as a classic coming of age story. Well this Matthew McConaughey lead film is right up there as one of those done right. Now I have always liked Matt and never really understood the hate that people place on him. I will admit that I have liked some of his romantic comedies. I went to my Aunt's house to see this movie as we all do from time to time. After it was over we all agreed that "Mud" was a really good film.

Ellis and Neckbone are best friends and are always looking to have a good time and go on that great adventure we all dream of. They find their chance when they decide to go to a small island on the Mississippi in Arkansas. Once there they find a boat that is up in a tree, they have to investigate. They soon realize [after finding some interesting reading material] that someone is living there. A drifter named "Mud" who befriends the kids and even gets them to help him out. Just what he wants their help for leads the boys into the biggest and most dangerous adventure they will ever know.

Writer/director Jeff Nichols' did an excellent job with this film as his direction and script flowed so smoothly. A story like this in the wrong hands or off just a bit in the writing department could easily have been for lack of a better word boring. But Nichols' manages to keep you hooked until the credits role in this tale of love, betrayal, murder, and growing up. Also the look and feel of this film only adds to the experience, you almost feel like you are there.

This movie was also superbly acted by the entire cast, from the leads to the supporters. Most of the praise has gone to McConauahey and rightfully so as he has been on a role lately with his performances. He is great here as Mud and from what I have read he was actually who Nichols' wrote the part for in the 90's or something like that. Nay way I have to say that the two kids here [Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland] did just as good as their famous co star. This story really is more about them and Tye's "Ellis" in particular. It is through Ellis that the story moves and thus the role had to have been cast perfectly, it was. Also all three of these character's guardians were just as well cast and all play a major role in the personalities of the lead trio.

This was a great movie full of great scenery and cinematography that gives this Arkansas based film a feeling of being real. The characters here seem like real people and it is because of that that you actually care about these people. Now this is not the greatest movie ever made, at least to me, but it is a really good one that I would recommend. this is a really well made drama that has made my list of best I have seen this year.

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September 18, 2013
excellent write up, man. Glad you liked this as well. This had a great screenplay and performances...what do you think of the ending?
 
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review by . September 04, 2013
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A Well-Evolved Screenplay and Excellent Performances Makes For a Great Cinematic Experience
While there are movies whose strength comes from the originality and the way it brings power to its narrative, there are some whose beauty lies in its simplicity and the way the story is told. Such a film is writer/director Jeff Nichols’ (Take Shelter) “Mud”. A film that is a ’coming of age’ tale at its core, it becomes something totally different in the way it is told. It is still a slice of real life, and the harsh realities that it sometimes brings, where good men …
review by . October 13, 2013
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Two fourteen-year old boys befriend a stranger (Matthew McConaughey) who has been living on their secret island in the Mississippi River.  His name is "Mud," he's wanted for murder, and he's being followed by some very dangerous men. This movie is a real gem; it's smart, honest, and edge-of-your-seat exciting.  It portrays the boys' hardscrabble life in their backwater town with uncompromising violence and grit and is also filled with decency, understanding, …
Quick Tip by . September 17, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
This was a great movie full of great scenery and cinematography that gives this Arkansas based film a feeling of being real. The characters here seem like real people and it is because of that that you actually care about these people. Now this is not the greatest movie ever made, at least to me, but it is a really good one that I would recommend. this is a really well made drama that has made my list of best I have seen this year.
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