Sarah Paulson———————————–Mary Lee
Joe Don Baker———————————–King
Directed by Jeff Nichols.
Screenplay by Jeff Nichols.
Two boys, Ellis (Sheridan) and Neckbone (Lofland) travel by boat to a secluded island to find a boat that is stuck in a tree. After a little investigation, Ellis realizes that someone is living on the boat. This is where the boys are introduced to Mud (McConaughey) and he ask them for some food. Reluctantly the boys agree on the premise that when Mud leaves the boat will belong to the boys.
Ellis is in the midst of his mother and father separating which has him confused about what love really is. As he gets to know Mud he finds out that Mud loves a woman named Juniper (Witherspoon). He is waiting for Juniper to come to town and they will go away together. Ellis is taken by the story and tries harder to help Mud.
The movie revolves around love in all of its phases new love, fading love, losing love, and true love. Mud is oblivious to all the negative sides of Juniper and continues to see her as the most beautiful woman in the world. He refuses to allow his love to fade even in the slightest no matter what Juniper does. He will take her back because he truly loves her. Ellis is so moved by their love story he gains the courage to talk to the girl he has secretly liked for the last year. Unfortunately, Ellis is going to learn that love is not nice and neat. He is confused and sad that true love may not conquer all.
Both the boys Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland give great performances that make this film fun to watch. Mathew McConaughey delivers another great performance which will help cement his Oscar worthy reputation. All the other actors deliver believable performances that keep the movie moving forward. Ray McKinnon portrayed Ellis’s father quietly but with an incredible depth that makes his performance one to be proud of. This is a good movie and Jeff Nichols had a clear vision which comes through on the screen.
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Runtime: 130 Minutes
Production Budget: $10,000,000.00
CC Rating: 7 out of 10
Screenplay: I could not find the screenplay.
Directors’ Previous Movies: Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories.
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