Wednesday, May 1 2013, 04:41 PM MDT
Movie Review: Mud
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland
To: Those looking for an above average drama with strong performances
from Matthew McConaughey and a pair of fresh-faced child actors.
A pair of young teens discover a fugitive hiding in an abandoned boat
and agree to help him while he waits for the love of his life to come
and find him.
Review: Director/writer Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter)
returns with another interesting character study that relies heavily on
the talents of his cast. Matthew McConaughey, who seems to be having
something of a renaissance, is well cast as the charming, but dangerous
fugitive called Mud. He’s appropriately rough around the edges and just
soft enough to be sentimental. As good as McConaughey is the film would
fall flat if it wasn’t for the fine performance from newcomers Tye
Sheridan and Jacob Lofland. The duo has a wonderful natural chemistry
that grants the audience access into their rustic world. One of these
days Nichols is going to craft a masterpiece. For now we’ll make due
with another strong character driven drama.
-Ryan Michael Painter