Ellis and his friend Neckbone are two boys who meet Mud, a fugitive hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Skeptical but intrigued by his fantastic scenarios, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by bounty hunters.
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A refreshingly restrained tale rich with southern gothic flourishes. Jeff Nichols commands his storytelling with a real dignity given to his audience. He seems to put care into his settings and characters and allows them to develop without manipulated twists and turns. A treat.
A film that felt like a meeting of worlds of Huckleberry Finn and Terrence Malick, nonetheless one of the most original coming of age films I have seen recently. The cinematography is beautiful and had me utterly lost in the Mississippi, and the end left me feeling completely satisfied with Ellis's journey. I really felt like he had truly grown as a person, and Mud was nearly unchanged. An excellent film!
the film thematically walks the line between the sweet, willful ignorance and the realization of the harsh reality; the gullible nature of adolescence that leaves room for disillusionment about the human nature.
After the great promise of Shotgun Stories, the great but with bittersweet weirdo ending Take Shelter, Jeff Nichols nails it to perfection with Mud... perfect blend of americana and southern gothic, with some hints of Mallick's cinematography and pathos.4.5 stars
Warm, stunning photography and fantastic performances (particularly from the children) makes for a naturalistic sojourn through a small riverside town in Arkansas where two boys learn about trust and love. Jeff Nichols is one of the only up and coming "big" directors whose work captures true Americana - small towns, traditional lifestyles, real conflict - without ever creating caricatures or cheap stereotypes.
I didn't think it was possible, but this eclipses the great "Take Shelter." It had me on the edge of my seat, which is impressive since at its heart the film is a patient exploration of where the concept of love comes from. Why is there so much pain associated with something as beautiful as love? The characters never truly find that out, but the journey to understanding that question is pertinent to all of humanity.