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Mud [Blu-ray] [2013]
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2013
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 August 2014
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2014
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2014
This film is pure cinematic story telling at its best.
Unlike all the modern films, drama series and arty farty stuff today this film works because it has beginning, middle and an end.
You know when you were at school and you had to write an essay and you’d start off all enthusiastic but by the third or fourth page you have had enough so you ended up just writing “and then I woke up and it was all a dream”. Well too many modern films and dramas these days are just like that.
I mean you spend weeks following a drama on TV, you get hooked on the story, sucked into every character and griped by the plot. Only to be dropped like a stone into a pool of total disappointment in the last episode. You know, it ends and all you can say is "What .. what happened". If you want an example then I suggest you watch the BBC’s The missing.
Mud is a proper film. Loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2015
This film is a great example that Hollywood can indeed make great, intelligent films with nuance. I recently watched Birdman, which is an intelligent film in its own right but is clearly influenced by the theatre - that's not a bad thing, but many of the modern greats have a 'theatricality' to them (think 'Gosford Park' or 'American Beauty'). So it's nice to see a film that explores particular themes and ideas without being tied to sets or being divided into a rigid three-act structure.

Mud explores the ideas of love and friendship, as seen through the eyes of two 14 year-olds. It's simultaneously heart-warming and wrenching to see how the people around them help shape their idea as they themselves were shaped by love and betrayal.

Mud isn't a fast-paced film but neither is it 'talky' - there's a lot to explore here (and much that may be missed by casual viewers) but it's also highly accessible. Lastly, this is probably my favourite McConaughy performance including Dallas Buyer's Club.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The film centers on 14 year old Ellis (Tye Sheridan) who along with his friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) befriend a fugitive who lives isolated on on island in the middle of the Mississippi near Arkansas. Eliis learns hard lessons in life as he attempts to help Mud (Matthew McConaughey) all the while his parents are getting divorced and his whole life is changing.

This is an interesting film involving character. The action moves at a medium pace while building and exploring character. A film more for indie lovers than those of the action genre. Worth a view.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Some adult themes.
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on 28 April 2014
A coming-of-age story, set on the banks of the Mississippi River. Two adventurous Arkansas boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), meet the mysterious Mud (Matthew McConaughey), a fugitive back in town to reconnect with his true love, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). 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, 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. A lyrical odyssey as enduring as the river that forms its setting.
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