Director: Jeff Nichols
Featuring: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Sam Shepard, Reese Witherspoon
Age Rating: 12A
Running Time: 130 Minutes
Jeff Nichols brings the life of Arkansas folk to the big screen with this gritty two hour long feature. Based on two young and confident boys befriending the fugitive “Mud” (Matthew McConaughey), living on what appears to be a deserted island across the river from where they live, the film has a very simple plot which does not leave much to the imagination. However, it is this lack of complexity which makes it such a realistic and heart-felt story.
Ellis (Tye Sheridan) is a strong and curious 14 year-old boy, who believes deeply in love and fighting for it. As his parent’s relationship deteriorates, and the girlfriend he thought he had lets him down, he looks to Mud’s love for the woman he killed for, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon) as an escape from reality, involving himself heavily in their complicated relationship, trying to help them reunite as well as make sure Mud escapes from the bounty hunters seeking him out.
Mud (2012) showcases the acting class of Matthew McConaughey once again, drawing parallels to the type of character and performance we see in his later series with Woody Harrelson, True Detective (2014). Most importantly, however, it highlights the potential of future prospect, Tye Sheridan, who has also appeared in The Tree of Life (2011) and Joe (2013).
It is a great watch for any McConaughey fan, and also an interesting watch for any America-curious film fan, giving a great insight into the rural “South” of USA.
Recommendation: I got this film as a £3 bargain/counter purchase at HMV along with a few other films, so I’d strongly recommend getting it from there! Otherwise, worth a download.