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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless piece of rural Americana
A coming-of-age story, set on the banks of the Mississippi River, that manages to be both thrilling and spiritually profound. Two adventurous Arkansas boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), discover a dilapidated boat wedged high up in a tree on a small island. Setting their sights on making it their own, their plans are scuppered when they meet the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned and slow-burning. Three and a half stars.
There is a hypnotized fairy-tale side to “Mud”, a coming of age story, which centres around two boys of rural Arkansas - Ellis and his friend Neckbone. The boys find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. The mysterious Mud tells elaborate stories of vengeful killings and love of a lifetime. Dubious but fascinated, and very much into the...
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless piece of rural Americana, 17 Aug 2013
This review is from: Mud [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
A coming-of-age story, set on the banks of the Mississippi River, that manages to be both thrilling and spiritually profound. Two adventurous Arkansas boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), discover a dilapidated boat wedged high up in a tree on a small island. Setting their sights on making it their own, their plans are scuppered when they meet the mysterious Mud (Matthew McConaughey), a heavily superstitious fugitive with crosses nailed in his boots and a winding snake inked on his arm, who is living in the boat. He is back in town to reconnect with his true love, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Ellis feels an immediate kinship with him and his quest, and the boys set about helping fix up the boat. As his parents' relationship suffers at home, and Mud's dark past resurfaces, Ellis's life begins to change irreversibly as he takes his first tentative steps away from childhood.

Mud may be the titular character but this is very much his and Ellis's story - two naive romantics who believe in love in the purest, traditional way and as a result suffer in its volatile hands. McConaughey is remarkable, emanating an eerie tranquillity that masks a burning anger - every second he's on screen, time seems to slow to the speed of his protracted metrical speech. Despite his enormous presence, it's the performance of young Tye Sheridan that really stands out for its naturalism and impressive range. Every emotion that courses through him has an intense authenticity, making every experience we share thoroughly moving.

This is a sentimental film that touches on melodrama, and isn't as nuanced as it may initially appear - but is no less worthy or absorbing because of it. The quiet contemplation of the first half is transformed into something of a more traditional thriller which ultimately delivers a degree of accessibility and satisfaction that a more subtle denouement wouldn't offer. Visually `Mud' is flawless, capturing the natural scenery and earthy characters with incredibly beautiful shots - pulsating with a feeling of time and place, part 21st century, but all organic and untamed, with men and boys who don't just live on the river, they're part of it. `Mud' is a deeply affecting look at the confusion and heartbreak of young love told as a timeless piece of rural Americana, drawing on the classic traditions of Mark Twain. A lyrical odyssey as enduring as the river that forms its setting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'LOYALTY', 7 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Mud [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
Two lads come across a man hiding out on an island on the Mississippi.
the man says he is waiting for someone, then telling them it's a long
lost love who lives in the nearby town on the mainland.
He's soon asking them to bring him food and parts to help him get the
boat which is currently lodged in a tree, working.
The man tells the boys to call him 'Mud'(Mathew McConaughey)
The boys soon realize that their new friend is on the run and attracting the
attention of both the law and bounty hunters.
'Ellis'(Tye Sheridan) and 'Neckbone' (Jacob Lofland) form a trusting friendship with the stranger and
try to help the man they now know as 'Mud'
Who is this man ? what crime has he committed ?
This for me is the best role I've seen 'Matthew McConaughey play...so far.
a film that tells of trust, truth, fantasy and friendship, a touching tale,
well worthy of a viewing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned story telling, 13 Mar 2014
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I really like this film. I have been a fan of Matthew McConaughey since I saw him in A time to kill. Not everything I've seen him in since has been up to that high standard but there is a lot to like about this film. If I were to make a comparison then I would say it is a little like a southern whistle down the wind without the religious element.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great look, great pace, great acting, 9 July 2013
This review is from: Mud [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Mud is a movie of unexpected pleasures; both the boys are outstanding; Reese Witherspoon is great (although not quite as fabolous as Nicole Kidman in the Paperboy); Mcconaughey is once again excellent; the scenery and cinematography are a pleasure and the story is wistful, uplifting, real, sad, shocking, funny and everything else you could wish it to be. We drove 40 miles to see it at the cinema and it was worth every minute of the trip. Settle back and enjoy the show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A scenic, gentle storytelling of a different slice of America, 14 July 2014
This review is from: Mud (DVD)
I really enjoyed this film because it wasn't just another in your face, all action American movie, but one based on the theme of love and friendship, and concentrated on characterisation, atmosphere and gentle storytelling. The film portrayed life in Arkansas for two teenage boys during the summer and it was nice to see a different part of American culture which is not often portrayed on screen and the relative poverty that exists. Also, it was nice to see teenagers back to basics embracing nature and to see a movie which portrays warm and loving parents/carers of the boys despite the meagre circumstances of their lives. I was impressed by the acting of the 2 boys and surprisingly impressed by the acting of Matthew McC. However, my one criticism would be that on the odd occasion the dialogue was too heavily accented and mumbled for an international audience and I never did grasp what was said despite replaying a particular scene several times to try to listen to a particular sentence again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Americana, 19 April 2014
This review is from: Mud (Amazon Instant Video)
Don't let the somewhat uninspiring title put you off...this an excellent story, well acted and although not edge of the seat gripping, it draws you in and you get to know even the more minor players in the story.

Well worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So good! Really enjoyable, 6 Aug 2014
This review is from: Mud (Amazon Instant Video)
So good! Really enjoyable, in a low-key, slow-build kinda way. The two kids start the adventure, soon encountering the mysterious man in on the island, and wonder what he's about. But all the characters unfold and reveal the conflicts and dilemmas that appear at certain stages in their lives.

At first it has a humdrum feel, but you start to realise how things aren't always what they seem in this quiet existence. You get hints at what has gone before and grow with their understanding - and misunderstanding. It's quite a straightforward storyline, but the whole cast gives a great performance and their characters lead the film. Subtle, but with enough edge to keep you engaged.

I was left with the feeling that maybe loss doesn't mean losing everything. Maybe it's what you've gained along the way….

A great film for lazy afternoon or a quiet evening alone. It gently draws you in, and doesn't leave you disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! The best film I've seen in years! I didn't know they still made 'em like this!!!, 6 July 2014
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An excellent film!!! I didn't know they still made 'em like this! Absolutely brilliant. Fantastic story with a really good cast. The best film I have seen in years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned and slow-burning. Three and a half stars., 11 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Mud [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
There is a hypnotized fairy-tale side to “Mud”, a coming of age story, which centres around two boys of rural Arkansas - Ellis and his friend Neckbone. The boys find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. The mysterious Mud tells elaborate stories of vengeful killings and love of a lifetime. Dubious but fascinated, and very much into the stories of a romantic knight fighting for his one true love, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. Growing up in the process.

“Mud” is a small scale, character driven production, which could feel too slow, thoughtful and broody. Slow does not mean boring, it just means you need to be in the right type of mood for “Mud” to fully enjoy the slow-burning storytelling.

And seriously, the whole love-story business between Mud and Juniper – not very believable. I was convinced when Ellis had his heart broken.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching & heartfelt story, 29 July 2013
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This review is from: Mud [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Mud (Matthew McConaughey - The Lincoln Lawyer) is an outlaw living on an island in the bayou of the Mississippi. When two local boys, Ellis & Neck-bone show up to investigate a beached boat, stuck high in a tree, Mud finds two allies to help him in his reparations. He needs to get in contact with his sweetheart Juniper (Reese Witherspoon) to make good his escape, but with bounty-hunters hot on his crucifix-marked heels, will Mud manage to make it out?

Mud is a simply brilliant film, containing many components of a coming of age film for the excellent Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, their friendship and wariness of Mud is affable, tangible and resultantly believable. For two young lads to be such capable actors is a feat in itself. The boat serves as an excellent metaphor for resurrection, getting Mud back out there, refloating him from his washed-up situation. There is beautiful symbolism to this film; the boys approaching the neck of the river, mirrored by the men approaching the sea for example. The director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) has used the natural beauty of the Arkansas delta to perfect effect and Michael Shannon (also from Take Shelter and the higher-profile Man of Steel) also makes an appearance as Neck-Bone's mussel-diving uncle.

Extra Content:
Audio commentary with Writer and Director Jeff Nichols,
A Very Personal Tale: Writing and Directing Mud featurette,
The Arkansas Ensemble: The Distinctive Characters and Cast of Mud featurette
Southern Authenticity: Shooting the Real Arkansas featurette
The Snake Pit: The Slithering Costars of Mud featurette
There is a digital copy of the film included with this disc - with Ultraviolet codings (UV is a digital locker for your media, you have to register an account and upload your unique product code, but then you can stream it or download it anywhere on the planet on any medium).

It's been a long old slog back to respectability for Matthew McConaughey but his role in Mud will serve to remind anyone of his incredible capacity for acting, really working an entire emotional range and really invoking compassion for his character. This simple every-man Southern-U.S. tale deserves a lot more acclaim that it received in my opinion. I was transfixed by Mud and really, really recommend this film.
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