Mud 爛泥 (2012) – USA

Review by: Andrew Chan FCCA AACTA FIPRESCI
Review Date: 11th August 2013

Directed by Jeff Nichols
Produced by Lisa Maria Falcone, Sarah Green, Aaron Ryder
Written by Jeff Nichols

Starring: Matthew McConaughey as Mud, Reese Witherspoon as Juniper, Tye Sheridan as Ellis, Jacob Lofland as Neckbone, Sam Shepard as Tom Blankenship, Ray McKinnon as Senior, Sarah Paulson as Mary Lee, Michael Shannon as Galen

Film Distributed by Golden Scene
In cinemas Hong Kong from 15 August 2013.

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“Mud” is one of those amazing film that takes you on a journey of discovery and keeps you on your toes till the finish line. It is a rare quality that is not often seen and director Jeff Nichols excels in this by creating characters and grows with the audience as the film progresses. In fact you are never entirely sure what the next move the character will take and how they will come about a certain decision. Movies about love is never something new, therefore it is manner that the film goes about it that makes it so interesting and intriguing to endure. The star of the show is Tye Sheridan who plays a 14 year old kid who essentially witness everything you need to know about love, from his parents on the brink of divorce, to the teenager puppy love games playing to Matthew McConaughey undying love for Reese Witherspoon and Witherspoon’s own inability to appreciate love to himself blindly going after a girl that simply doesn’t like him.

Tye Sheridan carries the film with a certain level of realism and passion for life and people that essentially evaluates the film to a different level. He is ably supported a indifferent Matthew McConaughey who simply shines and steal every scene he is involved within. There is depth in McConaughey despite his limited screen and by the end of the film, he remains one of the more memorable characters. Reese Witherspoon appears in nothing more than a glorify cameo and does an adequate job within the allocated slots.

What I really enjoyed about “Mud” is that it never tries to be pretentious, forcefully involving, but rather relying on a well structured script and extremely relevant human issues about life and love. While it does not break any grounds, the film suddenly reaches crescendo at the right time near the end. The film seemed to just go about life and moves at a steady pace, while letting the audience to understand a bit more about its characters one step at a time. All in all, “Mud” is not a classic, but it is well worth the journey taken. After-all, life is never perfect and therefore even within a pile of mud, we can still find a silver lining. (Neo 2013)

I rated it 8.5/10

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