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Mud (2013 film)

A film directed by Jeff Nichols

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Riveting drama

  • Oct 13, 2013

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, and many forms of love. 

The two newcomers who play the boys are natural actors, both expressive and sympathetic.  McConaughey plays a tough guy who never had a break; he's an anti-hero to root for.  Reese Witherspoon has a small but important role as Mud's trampy girlfriend and Sam Shepherd and Joe Don Baker round out the excellent cast. 

All of the characters are well-developed and the audience comes to really care about them.  The story blends good bits from "Stand By Me," "A Perfect World," "Whistle Down the Wind," and even "Tom Sawyer" and is still unique.  It pulls no punches and is truly enjoyable.  4.5 stars.

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October 22, 2013
glad you liked this one as well, Kona
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review by . September 04, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
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 . September 17, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
            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 …
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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