A couple of teens down in Mississippi take a boat and head out on an adventure to a nearby island to see a boat stuck in a tree. While exploring they find the boat but also find something inside it they never expected, Mud. The current resident of the boat in a tree, Mud captivates the boys with outlandish tales.
Matthew McConaughey (Mud), Reese Witherspoon (Juniper), Tye Sheridan (Ellis), Jacob Lofland (Neckbone), Sam Shepard (Tom), Ray McKinnon (Senior), Sarah Paulson (Mary Lee), Michael Shannon (Galen).
Mud begins by briefly creating a setting for us before jumping right to the story as the boys find Mud, the person, and begin hearing his tales. As things progress the film does a good job of making us alternate between belief and disbelief with Mud’s stories growing by the minute. Strangely we end up feeling sorry for Mud while at the same time blaming him for the mess the story becomes.
Acting was nicely done by the main cast. McConaughey did a nice job for his part and surprisingly, pulled off the role. Witherspoon was interesting, and largely underused, and felt exactly like the sort of woman Mud would have been chasing. Sheridan was very good with nice delivery and emotion throughout. Lofland and the remainder of the supporting cast were solid as well.
Camera work was good but backgrounds and sets stole the show here with some amazing scenery and natural landscapes. Physical effects were minimal and good. Dialogue was very entertaining, flowing smoothly but with purpose. Sound and soundtrack were somewhat bland.
Overall Mud is a well done drama with just enough grit to keep men in front of the screen on date or family night. Fans of Indie Dramas will probably also enjoy this one quite a bit.
With some violence, sexual comments, and foul language this should be fine for teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Dramas, Independent Movies, Independent Dramas
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