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.
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.
Excerpt: The following conversation happened before I went to sleep last night: My wife: "Don't dream about Matthew McConaughey while you sleep." Me: "Why would I?" My wife: "I don't know, I just feel like everyone dreams about Matthew McConaughey when they sleep.
Excerpt: Writer-director Jeff Nichols has made a name for himself crafting complex character-driven dramas like Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter that feature smoldering performances from Michael Shannon.
Excerpt: “His name is mud” isn’t a likely expression for a film to make literal, but writer-director Jeff Nichols—whose previous film, Take Shelter, repeatedly featured the protagonist and his family taking shelter—doesn’t shy away from bluntness or directness.
Summary: Confidently expanding his inquiry into the essence of American masculinity, Nichols' latest pressure-cooker pastoral conjures a wily figure of endangered Southern chivalry whose name is … you guessed it.