Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.
The resurgence of Matthew McConaughey is one of the greater things come out of 2013, and in Mud he’s not even the best thing in the film. He’s brilliant of course, he delivers lines with such enormity that its hard not to listen. However, its the performance from young Tye Sheridan that pushes this picture towards a masterpiece. He is so mature beyond his years and its hard to comprehend how good he is in this film.
The quite outstanding acting is backed up with a captivating story, that even though slow paced and doesn’t really pick its self up, will keep you glued to the screen. You will be uninterested at the start, but as Mud goes on, you will keep unraveling layers of the story and find yourself eager to find out where it will end up. And apart from the slight cliche towards the end, the narrative is very very solid.
Jeff Nichols is obviously a talented writer/director. Like in his previous film ‘Take Shelter’, the screenplay has a flow and every other line is enriched with power and sentiment. Nichols has a knack for cinematography as well, with great shots throughout; such as the underwater scenes with Michael Shannon. Not to mention the simply breathtaking final act. Jeff Nichols is by far the most exciting writer/director at the moment; and I can’t wait for what he does next.
A painfully real and honest drama that will keep you engaged from start to finish – 5/5