People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different. In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all. Read on!
Matthew McConaughey is a possibly dangerous man who befriends two kids. The film is directed by Jeff Nichols, who did the rather good Take Shelter.
Mud is one of the best “coming of age” movies that I’ve seen in a long time. The formula for these sort of films is pretty standard – they follow a person and/or a similarly-aged group of people as they go through something that helps them figure out how to grow up/live happy/whatever. Mud, however, is centered around a boy and a man who end up using their sudden friendship to right their lives. It’s an interesting dynamic, and director/writer Jeff Nichols does a nice job of crafting their odd pairing into something that you feel an absolute need to root for. Consider this one highly recommended.
Jeff Nichols is close to being able to sell a movie just with his name.