Excerpt: For years Matthew McConaughey has been underrated as an actor, while the world was poking fun at his pot-fuelled naked bongo sessions , being constantly shirtless and spouting what would become his trademark " alight, alright, alright " he was delivering solid performances. Performances in films such as the religious thriller "Frailty" (2001), the guilty pleasure dragon-based apocalypse film " Reign of Fire " (2002), legal drama "The Lincoln Lawyer" (2011), dark comedy...
Excerpt: Mud sees writer-director Jeff Nichols straining to straddle two disparate sets of genre requirements: those of the magical-realist backwoods fable and the soppy heartland melodrama. Its closest relatives are Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter and Elia Kazan's Wild River , but shot through with the "gritty" vision of cruddy home life and bayou listlessness of Lance Hammer's Ballast .
Conclusion: Jeff Nichols' 2011 film 'Take Shelter' may have been snubbed by the Academy, but there's no way that they can dismiss his new film 'Mud.' In every aspect of filmmaking – writing, directing, acting, screenplay, music, cinematography, and so on – it's superb, nearly flawless. The entire package is so impressive that I truly believe it should be written in the books as an American classic. On the surface, it's a coming-of-age tale filled with genuine characters and moments.
Excerpt: Ellis (Tye Sheridan, The Tree of Life ) is a 14-year-old boy living on the Arkansas delta. One day, Ellis and his best friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) are boating down the Mississippi river when they happen across a seemingly-deserted island. While exploring the area, the boys are surprised to make the discovery that a grizzled fugitive named Mud (Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe ) is already living there.
Conclusion: Mud gives the viewer a good performance from it's eponymous lead and what could be considered breakthrough turns by its prepubescent actors en route to one of the less than popular films so far in 2013. Technically the disc is solid on both fronts and just as good from a supplemental perspective. At the very least it is appointment viewing with an eye towards a possible purchase. What Do You Think?
Summary: It's more than a little ironic that it was Reese Witherspoon whose name was mud as Mud started its festival rollout in April of this year. Witherspoon, enjoying one of the squeaky cleanest reputations of any major film actress, suddenly found herself emblazoned across the front pages of virtually every newspaper in the land (and not just the tabloids, mind you), for her semi-drunken rants at a policeman who had pulled her husband over for driving under the influence.
Excerpt: A boat in a tree is how it starts. Left there, intact and whole by some inexplicable, inexorable force. Fans of Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" shouldn't be too surprised by such strange sights. Young Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) aren't when they discover it during one of their daily wanderings.
Excerpt: Praise must be given to actor Matthew McConaughey. He has begun to take on more challenging roles. This is a welcome change from the more disposable romantic comedies he starred in over the past several years. I enjoyed his performances in The Lincoln Lawyer, Killer Joe and The Paperboy to name a few. Here he plays the title character. Mud lives out in the woods and is waiting to reunite with an old girlfriend Juniper (Reese Witherspoon) so he can take off.