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: “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: Writer-director Jeff Nichols ( Shotgun Stories , Take Shelter ) continues his clean record of outstanding cinema with another southern tale dense in its display of romantic ideals, youthful ignorance, emotional transference and the wisdom contained in broken adults.
Excerpt: "Mud" is a hold-your-breath atmospheric thriller set down South in the US. As expected, the ol' boys are hardened characters seeking either redemption or revenge but this intense movie really belongs to the two wide-eyed young boys and their adventures in a grim adult world.