Dee Rees is a treasure and it's fantastic to see her move to a more grand style of filmmaking after Pariah, her wonderful indie debut in 2011. With Mudbound, Rees brings an important and very moving story to the screen at a time where America feels broken and the contents of the film are all too relevant in 2017.
Mudbound does everything The Birth of a Nation wished it could do: it nails its a period look and feel, it features rich internal characterization, and doesn't shove its ideology down your throat. Dee Rees knocks this one right out of the park. While the editing could have used more discipline, the look and feel of Mudbound is transportive and original. It's as deeply moving as it is deeply cinematic - a true rarity.