Review: Mud

This movie made me realize something.
 
As the parent of a young boy, I'm horrified to think that one day my son is going to ask his friend "Did she have nice titties?" Oh God...
 
 
Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) go to an island in the Mississippi river to see s deserted boat in the trees, and instead encounter Mud. (Matthew McConaughey) He's a fugitive, but he tells the boys he did what he did for love. (How very Jaime Lannister of him) They soon start helping him by retrieving parts to get this boat working, and to reunite him with his one true love, Juniper. (Reese Witherspoon) But there is a mini Boardwalk Empire reunion are people hot on his trail, and the boys soon learn that not everything is as simple as it seems.
 
First off, the two boys in this film were great. Where the hell were the Iron Man 3 casting directors when they were looking for someone to fill their "token precious child" role? Either of these two would've done a much better job. McConaughey continues to impress me, and even Michael Shannon shows up for a short time, (apparently he's director Jeff Nichols' go to guy) though I wish he was in it more. The one that really threw me off was Paul Sparks. At first, I couldn't figure out where I had seen this guy from. Then when it dawned on me that he's Mickey Doyle in Boardwalk Empire, I was kind of floored. He was so different here.
 
The look and feel to Mud felt really authentic. Much like Nichols' previous film, Take Shelter did. He really understands the tough, small town life that he portrays in his films.  This film makes me look forward to what Jeff Nichols will bring us in the future, and I think both Sheridan and Lofland have bright futures ahead of them.

10 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see this! I was hoping to get to the theaters to see it, but I'm not sure if I'll get to. Great review.

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    1. I hope you get the chance. I'm still trying to see Iceman (another Michael Shannon movie) here. I just can't find a convenient show time.

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  2. I've been meaning to see this for WEEKS! I've got to see it before it's pulled from theaters! Good review--this is probably the first review that kept my attention ^_^ I really, really need/want to see it now.

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    1. I think you'll like it. The focus is mainly on the kids, and for once that doesn't suck.

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  3. "How very Jaime Lannister of him." Ha ha! Great review, Brittani. I'm glad you liked this movie too. And yes, it would've liked it if Michael Shannon had more screen time.

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    1. It is very Jaime Lannister of him! The things he does for love. I'm glad you liked it too. I always crave more Michael Shannon screen time when he does these bit parts.

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  4. Great review! I really enjoyed this film, and I loved Take Shelter. I really need to see Nichols' Shotgun Stories.

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    1. I do too! Thank you for reminding me. It's on instant Netflix at the moment.

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  5. really looking forward to checking this one out. Keep passing on checking it out at the theater. I really need to watch it before i miss my chance.

    Have you checked out Nichols other films?

    I don't know how they did it but now I am a fan of Jaime Lannister.

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    1. I've seen Take Shelter, which I really enjoyed. I also threw Shotgun Stories in my Instant queue to check that out. Jaime Lannister is one of my favorite characters as well. Hated him at first, now I find him fascinating.

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