Directed by: Jeff Nichols
8.5 out of 10
“Mud” is an extraordinary tale of two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who discover a man named Mud hiding out on a small island in the Mississippi river. Mud (McConaughey) is a man on the run from the law and bounty hunters, but feels his actions are justified. He enlists the boys to help him escape by gathering supplies and sending messages to his waiting love interest Juniper (Witherspoon).
The movie is a modern mixture of “Huckleberry Finn” and 90’s classics such as “Stand By Me” and “The Lost Boys.” The pace of the movie is as slow and thick as the character’s accents, and the small town dramatics will surely be relatable to many viewers in the South.
The movie does a great job of accurately portraying life in the region. High school kids are seen hanging out in parking lots or drinking at bonfires, while parents work hard and make due using their surroundings. Luckily these southern characters are not portrayed as evil backwards people, but instead with grit and reverence.
McConaughey also gives the performance of a lifetime in this movie. He gives his character loads of charisma and charm as usual, but actually garners sympathy from the viewer. The child actors in this movie are also fantastic. The character Neckbone curses like a sailor and spouts the wisdom of the old man at the age of 12 – and has some of the funniest lines in the movie.
The music and direction of this movie are also fantastic. Every shot is wonderfully done and the movie has a great southern feel. The music featured in the movie comes from the director’s brother Ben Nichols alternative country band Lucero.
The only faults of the movie are some pacing issues during the second act and perhaps too long of a running time.
“Mud” is currently showing in Columbus, Ga at the Carmike 13. Movie Times in Columbus Ga