Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mud (2012)

Director: Jeff Nichols. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon. 130 min. Rated PG-13. Drama.

Jeff Nichols, best known for his great Take Shelter, tells a Huckleberry Finn story of two boys on the Mississippi who befriend a wanted fugitive, but through the friendship learn some hard lessons on the extent that female emotions can be trusted. Amazing how the simple story engages till the very end, and portrays some glamorous Hollywood superstars (one showing up very unexpectedly midway through) in an earthly, mundane light, suiting the director’s indie style. It’s a harsh terrain, but strangely, except for a Mafia subplot, no major character is a villain here. So far, the best movie of 2013.

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