One Minute Review: Mud (2013)

Release Date
April 26, 2013
Director
Jeff Nichols
Screenplay
Jeff Nichols
Distributed By
Lionsgate
Roadside Attractions
Budget
$10 million
Drama
Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual references, language, thematic elements and smoking.
130 minutes

Mud
09fourhalf-stars

Marking the career best performance of Matthew McConaughey, “Mud” is a slow burn, heavy hitting drama with themes of coming of age, family systems, and the reality of love. Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland deliver breakthrough performances as Ellis and Neckbone, both of whom stumble upon a hideaway named Mud (McConaughey) living in an abandoned boat in a tree.

Director Jeff Nichols continues to display his gift for down home drama, creating an aura of mystery, unease, and emotional growth, all without slapping the viewer across the face with it. “Mud” also displays male father figures in a more realistic light than any drama before its time, with many exchanges of affection. Also, Nichols turns the stereotype of what most would consider rednecks completely around and shatters preconceptions when dealing with adults interacting with children.

McConaughey displays a deep seeded understanding for his character and becomes him. His stern face and cold, Southern drawls steal you in and never let go, as you begin to anticipate the boys going to see him again, so you too can experience his mystery. Dramas don’t get any better than this.

 

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