Mud (2012)

Mud (2012)

Mud (2012)

Coming-of-age drama seen through the eyes of two boys - Ellis and Neckbone - who discover and befriend a charismatic fugitive named Mud (Matthew McConaughey), hiding on an island on the Mississippi. Mud takes a liking to the boys and recruits them to his cause: the search for true love and a clean getaway. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), co-starring Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon.

Mud describes fantastic scenarios - he killed a man in Texas and vengeful kinsfolk are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper (Witherspoon), who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.

2012Rating: M, Violence and sexual references130 minsUSA
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Mud (2012) / Reviews

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

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. Glorification is a key theme, with Nichols applying a similar lens to Southern America with eye-fluttering, sun-scorched photography from regular DOP Adam Stone and a tender soundtrack smooched by Dirty Three and David Wingo.

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Variety

Variety

Confidently expanding his inquiry into the essence of American masculinity, Nichols' latest pressure-cooker pastoral conjures a wily figure of endangered Southern chivalry.

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Total Film

Total Film

More accessible than Take Shelter but not as powerful, Mud boasts stunning photography, a mesmerising lead and a strong evocation of Americana. McConaughey’s gold run continues…

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Time Out

Time Out

There's an argument to be made that there's a calculated degree of cliché to this sweet, Southern-fried fairytale, that Nichols is paying tribute here to his more mainstream inspirations.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Mr. Nichols's voice is a distinctive and welcome presence in American film.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A rich, sweet slice of Americana - although a little more contrived and sentimental than it promises to be at first.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

One of the most creatively rich and emotionally rewarding movies to come along this year.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Nichols keeps getting better, but his masterpiece is (excitingly) still to come.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Shot through with traditional qualities of American literature and drama.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A bold, intelligent, 21st century take on Mark Twain - with added occult tendencies.

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