It is a long time since I have seen a coming-of-age movie. Watching Mud reminded me that when done well, this genre produces some of the most endearing films.
Mud is part adventure, part thriller, mostly drama. We follow two strong-willed adolescents over a few days, absorbing their interactions with adults and peers. We wait to see how these experiences may or may not mould their characters.
Mud stars a cast of top-notch prominent actors headed by the wonderful Matthew McConaughey. Starring alongside McConaughey are two (at the time of filming) 15 year old boys, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland. Lofland is a newcomer selected from auditions in Arkansas, where the film is set. Sheridan has already gotten his hands dirty with The Tree of Life (2011).
Strong actors are not enough, of course. Writer/director Jeff Nichols’ follow-up to the brilliant Take Shelter (2011) immerses us in another world where we follow the story intently, caring about the outcome for the protagonists.
You can find more information on this U.S. production on Wikipedia and IMDb.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers. I’ve just watched this trailer and, hell, I know they need to market the film… but do they really have to give so much away! This trailer robs the viewer of almost all the surprises. Don’t watch it.
Direction: Jeff Nichols
Screenplay: Jeff Nichols
Cinematography: Adam Stone
Editing: Julie Monroe
Score: David Wingo
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Sparks, Joe Don Baker
This one I am not going to miss!
Reblogged this on One Month of Cooking and commented:
Seems to be good. Must watch.
An excellent review of a very good film. I really enjoyed this film, and – once again – this is the blog that has said it best about why I enjoyed a film so much. Great work – again!
I like how you share your view on the movie.
Thank you for visiting my blog and the follow, I look forward to seeing this movie now thanks to your review.
Can’t wait to see this one.
I really wanted to see this film but missed it at the cinema. Will have to catch it on DVD. Nice review.
Sounds interesting. I’ll check it out soon! I always enjoy your concise writeups.
I’ve been meaning to watch Mud for so long now. You gave me an excuse to finally do! hehe
Do it, Anna! 🙂
I sure will 🙂
@wonderfulcinema please refer movies like mud
We will do out best, Darling!