Matthew McConaughey has been on a good run starting with the recent films, “Lincoln Lawyer”,”Bernie”, and “Magic Mike” playing multifaceted characters with depth and skill, but I think he has outdone himself with “Mud”, a coming of age film, a mashup of Huckleberry Fin and “Stand By Me”. McConaughhey plays Mud, a man on the run, the reasons, having something to do with a longterm relationship with Reese Witherspoon’s character, Juniper, are revealed in a tension filed pace in this excellent film written and directed by Jeff Nichols, with great camera work by cinematographer Adam Stone who takes full advantage of the southeast Arkansas riverscape. Mud is discovered by two boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Laflond), who decide to aid Mud in his quest to reconnect with Juniper. Ellis is the focal point of the film and Sheridan continues the fine work he displayed as a boy in Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life”. I can’t say enough about how good McConaughey is as Mud. On top of that, the story pulls you in and keeps you invested throughout. I highly recommend it.
My GPA: 4.0