Jeff Nichols + Mud
Monday, October 24 th, 2016 at 00:10 am Dr. Joy Browne
Director (s):
Jeff Nichols
Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon
Love, Family, Southern

Mud takes a little getting used to. It has two boys, Ellis and Kirk, who say they’re fourteen in the movie but they look like they’re ten years old, who are your basic Arkansas hillbillies. It’s really told from Ellis’ point of view to a certain extent and it’s really a very misogynistic movie to be quite honest. It’s a story of three different loves, with Ellis falling in love with a girl in high-school; he’s watching his parents’ marriage deteriorate, even though they both say they love him, but they clearly don’t love each other and the disruption that’s reeking on his life; and there’s the mysterious Matthew McConaughey who’s Mud and seems to be on an island. I guess the metaphor has to do with a boat that’s up in a tree limb that was washed there by a storm, meaning that love is a storm and that women are no damn good, as Ellis’ father keeps telling him. It’s a two hour and ten minute movie, which is kind of a long movie. Matthew McConaughey can only take his shirt off at one point, but it’s off for a long time and he has tattoos, so no worries women… He also has a chipped tooth; not really sure why we needed that. This is actually kind of a compelling movie, a little southern gothic here about love, loss, and it seems to me the moral of the movie is the only real love is between fathers and sons and that men are the only ones capable of it and you just need to stay away from us treacherous women; oh great. Having said that, it’s still a sort of interesting movie with some pretty good acting. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you Reese Witherspoon plays Mud’s lady love as well. So pretty good actors, pretty good character actors, just sort of an alarming subtext. I’m not even sure it’s a subtext, it could just be the text. Three stars.

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