Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon
Directed by: Jeff Nichols
Deeply reminiscient of Mark Twain's classic 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer', 'Mud' is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking. It's certainly taken the makers a while to release the film (it was screened at Cannes last year), but the fine performances and gorgeous visuals make it worth the wait.
What's it about?
Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) have grand plans for a boat they've discovered on an island in the Mississippi river. However, they find that their boat has already been occupied by Mud (Matthew McConaughey), a filthy but harmless vagabond, who asks the boys to get him some food. Mud's charm appeals to Ellis (whose parents are going through a divorce) and he agrees to help Mud reunite with his girlfriend Juniper (Reese Witherspoon).
Matthew McConaughey looks his worst and acts his best, but the two boys, who only reach waist high, tower over him in the performances department. While Tye Sheridan as Ellis gets it right as the brooding teen, Jacob Lofland as Neckbone gets the most laughs as the Huckelberry Finn-like character with a trademark wave and material interests (think titties, a boat of his own and Mud's pistol). The camaraderie between the two boys makes for some of the film's best scenes. The other supporting characters are also a treat to watch - Ray McKinnon as Ellis' dad and Sam Shepard as Mud's father figure stand out.
Arkansas and the Mississippi river are gorgeously captured, looking idyllic and magnificient at the same time. On the flip side, if there's one thing we didn't care for, it was the climax that felt overly dramatic when compared to the rest of the proceedings.
What to do?
'Mud' is a coming-of-age film with a bittersweet aftertaste. Don't miss it.
in.com rating: 4/5
For more reviews, photos and videos of Mud, go here
Warsaw: From being followed by fans everywhere to getting wide media coverage - the filming of Bollywood film \'Kick\', which stars Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez in the lead roles, has g...
Putting an end to years of speculations and rumors, filmmaker and Yashraj scion Aditya Chopra got married to long-time partner actress Rani Mukerji last evening in Italy. The couple's wedding was a small,intimate affair.
All those who saw Alia Bhatt in that opulent wedding ensemble in '2 States' must have been swayed by her look for once. And why not, when it's India's avant- garde couturier Manish Malhorta decking u...
If Spike Jonze's 'Her' imagined a delicate, heartfelt romance between man and his artificially intelligent operating system, then 'Transcendence', directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister, takes a less optimistic view of the future, cautioning us about the dangers of relying too heavily on technology. They're two sides of the same coin, but where 'Her' felt fresh, original, and forward-looking, Pfister's film trades in familiar clichés.
New Delhi: Over a decade ago, Tamilian girl Anusha Suryanarayanan fell for Punjabi boy Chetan Bhagat on the campus of Ahmedabad's Indian Institute of Management (IIM). And yes, she didn't like...
Director Anand Gandhi\'s powerful film about a photographer, a Jain monk and a young stock broker told through different segments won Best Feature Film at the 61st National Film Awards for 2013. \'Shi...
Gurgaon: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has expressed his desire to dance with Korean rapper sensation to the tunes of his global smash hit \'Gangnam Style\'. The 48-year-old actor was formally ap...