08 January 2015

Review: Mud (movie)

Mud (movie review)Because we really know how to party in the BFR household, we celebrate New Year's Eve by inviting friends over for dinner and a movie. Okay, so the dinner usually takes me two days to make and snacks and drinks flow freely, but it's still a pretty tame event.

While looking around for viewing choices, we came across Mud (2013), starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, and Jacob Lofland; featuring Reese Witherspoon; and directed and written by Jeff Nichols. We were attracted to its southern setting, the actors, and the story line. (Bonus: Sam Shepard has screen time.)

Two young Arkansas teens--Ellis (Sheridan) and Neckbone (Lofland)--live along a river, where their families struggle to bring in money. Although they have to work during the summer, the two friends make time to go exploring. On an island in the Mississippi, the boys find a strange sight: a power boat suspended high in the trees, deposited there by flood waters. After nosing around, they realize someone has been living there, and before they can leave the island, they run across Mud (McConaughey), a local fugitive, who's waiting to be reunited with his girlfriend (Witherspoon). Despite being wary of Mud, the boys ultimately decide to help him.

This coming-of-age story really centers on Ellis, as he copes with his deteriorating home life, navigates his first crush on a girl, and gets involved in the very real dangers of helping Mud. The plot develops slowly, but the boys' friendship and interactions with Mud and their families kept our interest until we reach the heart of the action. The acting was excellent, and it was very easy to care about what happens to young Ellis.

Look for this on a streaming service; it's worth adding to your queue.


11 comments:

(Diane) bookchickdi 1/8/15, 7:39 AM  

It sounds like a wonderful New Year's Eve. I think Mud was the beginning of Matthew McConaughey's string of excellent performances.

bermudaonion 1/8/15, 11:05 AM  

I wonder how I missed this movie? It sounds terrific!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow 1/8/15, 12:29 PM  

Oh, my favorite New Year's Eve these days involves snacks and movies. LOL

Mud is one I've been noticing, and hadn't watched yet. Now I'm off to find it! Thanks....

Erica B 1/8/15, 3:23 PM  

We've had this in our netflix queue for a while--this'll make me more likely to put it on!

Anita LeBeau 1/8/15, 3:40 PM  

Thanks for sharing. I don't remember the title or anything. I'll be adding right away!

Belle Wong 1/8/15, 7:38 PM  

Sounds like a great way to party to me! I love dinner parties. Mud looks like an interesting movie.

rhapsodyinbooks 1/9/15, 5:59 AM  

Like Kathy said, how did we miss this one?!!!

Shaina 1/9/15, 7:53 AM  

Your New Year's party sounds just my speed! :)

My boyfriend and I watched Mud recently and really enjoyed it. Great choice!

Tina 1/10/15, 7:27 AM  

We really enjoyed that movie. It was one of his better roles, I think, and Reese's played some out out of her legally Blonde genre!

We are tame celebrators too 😀

Sandy Nawrot 1/10/15, 12:47 PM  

I've been wanting to watch this one for a very long time, and is in my queue. When we sit down though, I can never get anyone interested! I think that man has so much talent, and I think right about the time of this movie, he really started to shine.

JaneGS 1/13/15, 11:49 AM  

Dinner and a movie is a great way to ring in the New Year! Never heard of Mud but adding it to the queue--sounds very promising.

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