RJG Rating- 95
2 boys find a man living on an abandoned island.
Starring- Matthew McConaughey,Tye Sheridan
Director- Jeff Nichols
Matthew McConaughey continues his brilliant streak ,as he gives yet another excellent performance as the title character Mud.Its one of the best performances of this year so far.But competing with him is 16year old, Tye Sheridan as Ellis ,who is spot on with his acting.Both Mathew & Tye are the main actors here and they both deliver this movie excellently.Jacob Lofland as Neckbone is another 16year old who gives a solid supporting role to the main characters.These 3 build up a good bond between each other that helps present this movie more smoothly.
The story for Mud ,is deep.It has multiple storylines that run parallel to each other,some are hidden while others are in plain sight.Tales of friendship ,love ,drama are presented so beautifully in Mud.Theres no lack of material in Mud ,and this helps it to run for more than 2hrs ,without any dragging.
Jeff Nichols' direction is solid.He presents this movie neatly without overburdening it.While some directors opt to bury the story under tonnes of symbolisms (a recent example being Only God Forgives) ,Jeff Nichols reminds us that movies dont need to be over the top artistic to be acknowledged as a great movie.
The pacing was even.It never dragged at any scenes which was a surprise considering it was 140min long.He gives all the characters enough screen time to shine.Its almost impossible to criticize any aspect of Mud.If i had to nitpick ,i would say that i wanted Micheal Shannon's character to have more relevance.
Overall ,Mud is a beautiful movie that will surely grow on you.Give it a watch!Its easily one of the best of this year.