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.
Jeff Nichols continua il suo percorso di cinema indipendente e intelligente, sfornando un piccolo capolavoro purtroppo non abbastanza apprezzato. Attori perfetti (McConaughey, Whiterspoon, Sam Shepard per non parlare della grande prova dei due giovani protagonisti) e ambientazione decisamente originale. Da riscoprire!
Comme ces rustiques maisons flottantes en voie de disparition, qui parsèment les rivages de l'auguste fleuve dans sa finale terminaison maritime, l'intrigue du film semble ondoyer dans une irréalité adolescente donnant libre cours à l'esprit d'aventures, au héros mystérieux et à l'incontournable élément féminin, au commencement de tous les maux et de tous les bonheurs. www.cinefiches.com
In a minor, welcome variation on the Chekhovian cliché, the pistol introduced in Mud's first act goes unshot in the film's climactic shoot-out, a thoroughly telegraphed scene that nevertheless epitomizes an endgame shift from subtle, intensely felt, fable-tinged realism to comparatively obvious (if perfectly adequate) actionist fol-de-rol. But I loved Mud's last conversation with Ellis--long live the beautiful lie.
4.5... this is my immediate reaction to having just watched the film. It could change to 5 when I rewatch it. Jeff Nichols has done it again. He effortlessly moves between genres and styles... I am speechless. So many amazing aspects to this film, but the performances really drive it! It's exciting to find a filmmaker just starting to get his stride and look forward to each new film.
A movie featuring shirtless Matthew McConaughey and american sweetie Reese Witherspoon that surprisingly deflects from being a cheesy romantic-comedy. I was expecting something in the same psychological-thriller tone of 'Take Shelter', and although I'm not as satisfied as I was after watching Jeff Nichols previous effort, the strange relationship between Mud and Ellis was enjoyable to follow.
Jeff Nichols is truly a visionary. By this I mean that his vision is unique, thorough and consistent. His work has kept a cohesive flavor to it since his debut with 'Shotgun Stories’, all the way up to his most recent 'Midnight Special' (and assumedly with the upcoming release of 'Loving'). As his ideas come to fruition, it's clear that he is devoted in developing every detail as true to the heart of his stories...↓