Writer: Jeff Nichols (Screenplay)
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon
Plot: Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.
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Verdict: ABC Coming Of Age
Story: Mud starts when two teenagers Ellis (Sheridan) and Neckbone (Lofland) find a mysterious man hiding out in a wrecked boat in a tree. The man offers them a deal with them bringing him food as Mud (McConaughey) waiting for his lost love Juniper (Witherspoon) to meet him on this random island.
When the boys learn that Mud is in fact a wanted man they still decide to help once they hear his story as Ellis learns a valuable lesson about growing up as his parents want to move him to a new town away from his friends.
Mud is a coming of age movie that checks off all the essentials needed to be a great one, we get the boy who has to learn change before he is really ready for the change to happen. He learns from someone who shouldn’t be a role model but has a way of thinking that he could learn more from than his parents could ever teach him. The crime side to the story is fine but doesn’t hit the impact that the learning curve Ellis goes on really. It does have slow moments but in the end is one of the good coming of age tales out there.
Matthew McConaughey: Mud is an estranged man living in an abandoned boat when he befriends two teenage boys. We learn that he is wanted for murder and it is his love the Juniper which has caused all of his problems. Matthew is great and in a role that showed the beginning of the next step of his career.
Reese Witherspoon: Juniper is the reason why Mud has been waiting and is the reason for everything Mud has ever done. She comes off as the girl that leads a man astray. Reese is great in this supporting performance.
Tye Sheridan: Ellis is one of the two teenagers that find Mud and wants to help him. As he is helping Mud he learns life lessons on love which will help him in the future. Tye gives us a great early career performance.
Support Cast: Mud has a supporting cast filled with star names that all take a back seat to the main story being told.
Director Review: Jeff Nichols – Jeff gives us a good drama which has coming of age elements going on throughout the serious storyline.
Drama: Mud is a drama that really is a coming of age tale for Ellis who has to learn about love through the miss-adventures of Mud.
Settings: Mud keep everything looking like the small town these boys live in which shows how tough the families have it.
Suggestion: Mud is one I think should be watch but I will say you need to be in the mood for a slow moving drama. (Watch)
Best Part: The performances from Matthew an Tye Sheridan.
Worst Part: Slightly slow.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Budget: $10 Million
Runtime: 2 Hour 10 Minutes
Overall: Beautiful coming of age movie with powerhouse performances.